18 May 2015
Following its Annual Meeting on 14th May, the university think-tank million+ has announced that Professor Dave Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University, will become Chair of million+ from the 2015-16 academic year. Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University, who has served as Chair since 2013, will retain a key role as Treasurer, replacing Professor Michael Driscoll whose longstanding association with million+ as both past Chair and current Treasurer will come to an end on his retirement as Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University.
12 May 2015
The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the appointment of new Ministers in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the opportunity for a more cohesive government approach that the election of a majority conservative government will provide.
9 April 2015
The university think-tank million+ has commented on the manifesto pledge made by the Labour Party today (April 9) that every teenager will receive one-to-one careers advice to support them from school to work.
30 March 2015
The university think-tank, million+, has published a series of opinion pieces in its newest publication ‘The HE Debate: Where next for..?’ which was launched today (30 March). ‘The HE Debate: Where next for..?’ features contributions from Peers, Vice-Chancellors, academics and sector organisations, who offer their insight examining key policy areas that have influenced higher education since 2010 and will continue to have a major impact in the run up to the 2015 General Election and beyond.
26 March 2015
Following the publication of research funding allocations to universities in England by the Higher Education Funding Council, HEFCE, the university think-tank has said that the allocations confirm the strength of research in modern universities and called on governments north and south of the border to invest in research infrastructure across the sector and translational research which supports growth and innovation
25 March 2015
The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the publication of a government consultation on a postgraduate loan scheme for masters and doctorate students in England. The idea of a loan scheme was first proposed in the 2014 Autumn Statement by George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who used his March Budget to propose the extension of the scheme to research students.
18 March 2015
The university think-tank million+ has responded to the budget statement today (18 March) from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP.
11 March 2015
The university think-tank million+ has published ‘A Manifesto for Health Education’ (11 March). It calls on all political parties to recognise the role of universities in health and social care education and says that the next government will have to significantly increase investment in education, professional development and research in order to improve patient care and integrate health and social care services. The manifesto also points out that the NHS and Social Care Act has led to greater fragmentation in the delivery of health education in England and that Trusts are increasing their use of agency staff and recruiting overseas to address staff shortages.
10 March 2015
The university think-tank million+ has published ‘A Manifesto for Teacher Education’ today (10 March). This calls for the next government to put universities at the heart of the teacher education system and sets out a new plan to secure future teacher supply in England. Since 2011 the Department for Education has abolished the requirement for teachers to be qualified and transferred initial teacher training places from universities to schools. The million+ manifesto points out that these reforms stand in ‘sharp contrast’ to the approach adopted in many high performing countries where teachers are highly qualified and universities are central to initial teacher training and professional development.
2 March 2015
The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the publication of a new report by the All Party Parliamentary Small Business Group which conducted an inquiry into productivity and small firms. The think-tank submitted evidence to the inquiry and Pam Tatlow, the Chief Executive of million+, appeared before MPs to answer questions.
27 February 2015
Professor Michael Gunn, Chair of the university think-tank million+ and Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University has welcomed the announcement by the Labour Party that it would reduce fees from £9000 to £6000 and fully fund universities for the lifetime of the next Parliament.
25 February 2015
million+ has launched a 'manifesto for universities' to highlight the reasons why investment in universities, science and research should be a high priority for the next government. The manifesto argues that the Westminster Parliament and the devolved governments of the UK should promote participation in higher education, expand the research budget and provide more direct investment in higher education to promote a world-class rather than a two tier university system.
24 February 2015
million+ responds to Public Accounts Committee report on funding support for students at alternative higher education providers
Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of million+ responds to the publication of the report which focuses on control over funding for alternative higher education bodies.
12 February 2015
The university think-tank million+ has commented on the report published today (12 February) by Universities UK on the regulation of higher education in England. The report ‘Quality, equity, sustainability: the future of higher education regulation’ argues the current system of regulation is outdated and reform is needed in order to protect the UK’s reputation for quality.
30 January 2015
Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University and Chair of million+ responds to the publication of the Annual Grant letter from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) which sets out details of the government’s grant to the Higher Education Funding Council for England for the 2015-16 year.
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