25 November 2015
The university think-tank million+ has said that the outcome of the 2015 Spending Review ‘is a mixed bag’ for both universities and students.
23 November 2015
A new report Creative Futures: Ten Steps to Support the Creative Economy published today (23 November) by the university-think-tank million+ argues that the government needs to adopt a clear strategy to support the UK’s creative industries and universities in the next decade. The report will be launched in the House of Commons at a reception hosted by Chris White MP who is a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee.
19 November 2015
The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the publication of Ensuring a successful UK research endeavour, the report from the Nurse Review of UK Research Councils.
6 November 2015
The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the suggestion that the government’s Higher Education Green Paper will focus on social mobility and the student interest.
30 October 2015
In a new policy briefing ‘The possibilities and pitfalls of a teaching excellence framework’ the university think-tank million+ has questioned government proposals to link a new teaching excellence framework for universities in England with an increase in fees. The briefing concludes that the link with fees would encourage the development of a metrics-based approach based on questionable data that would increase bureaucracy, encourage institutional ‘game-playing’ and risk undermining the UK’s international reputation for high quality higher education.
29 October 2015
million+ has welcomed a report published today on part-time higher education from the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI). million+ has submitted a series of proposals to the Treasury in advance of the November Spending Review which it says would offer ‘a life-line’ to part-time students and help small employers.
23 October 2015
million+ comments on Which? report ‘Higher education: audit of providers’ website information provision’
The university think-tank million+ has criticised a Which? report ‘Higher education: audit of providers’ website information provision’ published today (23 October) suggesting that it gives a misleading view of university compliance with competition law. The Which? Audit is based on a survey that was limited to a ten-day period in September 2015 when the web posts for 50 institutions for a single course, psychology, were reviewed. Other than Oxford and Cambridge, the majority of students do not apply to university until January and many apply much later in the admissions cycle.
21 October 2015
Ahead of a short debate in Westminster Hall today (21 Oct 2015) called by Conservative MP Stuart Andrew to discuss science and the 2015 Spending Review million+ calls on the government to increase investment in science and create a new stream of funding for translational research.
19 October 2015
In speeches at a million+ and NUS fringe at the Scottish National Party Conference in Aberdeen, Professor Andrea Nolan, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University and Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University, called on SNP MSPs and MPs to engage with modern universities and to challenge the impact of immigration policy on international students.
9 October 2015
The university think-tank million+ has challenged the suggestion of the Sutton Trust that apprentices are likely to earn more over their lifetimes than graduates from non-Russell Group universities.
6 October 2015
In a speech delivered today (6 October) at a million+ and NUS fringe at the Conservative Party Conference 2015 in Manchester, Professor Dave Phoenix, Chair of million+ and Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University will set out a 6 point challenge to tackle 'old-fashioned prejudice' about the university system which he says is holding back Britain.
1 October 2015
The university think tank million+ has commented on a report published today (1 October) by the Higher Education Funding Council for England on the destinations of students who graduated in the 2008 recession.
28 September 2015
In a speech delivered today (28 September) at a million+ and NUS co-hosted fringe at the Labour Party Conference 2015 in Brighton, Professor Dave Phoenix, Chair of million+ and Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University asks where next for Labour’s Higher Education policy and calls on the party to look beyond changes to tuition fees and consider other ways in which government can support universities.
24 September 2015
The university think-tank million+ has published its submission to the Treasury’s Spending Review 2015. The submission sets out a series of specific measures to ensure that universities, employers, small businesses and individuals can respond to the government’s productivity agenda.
17 September 2015
million+ has commented on the report by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) which examines how degree outcomes from 2013-14 vary between different groups of graduates.
In times of austerity, the case for investment in creativity is compelling