30 June 2015

million+ calls for Chancellor to invest in research to support regional growth

million+ has called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, to include a new fund for translational research in his 8 July Summer Budget as part of a plan to improve productivity and address imbalances in regional growth.

29 June 2015

million+ comments on HEFCE consultation on quality assessment

Commenting on the HEFCE consultation on quality assessment million+ has emphasised the importance of the independent external quality assurance system.

25 June 2015

million+ calls for UK government to review post-study work routes for international students

Commenting on new research published by Hepi and the Higher Education Academy which highlights the benefits that international students bring to the student experience in the UK, the university think-tank million+ has called on the government to support the UK’s role in international higher education by reviewing the regulations that apply to post-study work.

24 June 2015

million+ calls for new fund for translational research

Responding to a debate in Westminster Hall on Science and Research in the UK and regional economies and following a report published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills today (24 June) on public research and innovation expenditure million+ has called for Government to introduce a new research funding stream specifically for translational research.

4 June 2015

Access funding and Student Opportunity Allocation vital says think-tank

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the publication of the Annual Report from the Office of Fair Access (OFFA). The report highlights the progress that universities in England made in supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the 2013-14 academic year.

4 June 2015

Student perceptions about value linked to fee regimes says university think-tank

Commenting on a HEPI-HEA survey of 15,000 students published on 4 June, the university think-tank million+ has said that the survey shows that the government in Westminster needs to be cautious about cutting student support.

18 May 2015

University think-tank announces new Chair

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

million+ welcomes new BIS ministerial team

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

million+ comments on Labour manifesto pledge for careers advice service

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

million+ launches publication which debates the key policy areas for higher education

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

million+ comments on allocation of research funding

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

million+ welcomes government consultation on postgraduate loan scheme

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

million+ comments on budget announcement

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

million+ launches manifesto for health education

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

million+ launches manifesto for teacher education

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.

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