4 February 2016

million+ response to UCAS January deadline statistics report

The university think-tank million+ has today (4 February) responded to the UCAS January deadline statistics report, expressing concern that the number of English applicants has declined and that the government’s goal to double the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds applying to university could be at risk.

1 February 2016

million+ comment on the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee report on the government’s Productivity Plan

The university think-tank million+ has today (1 February) commented on the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee report on the government’s Productivity Plan, specifically regarding the proposed target of creating three million apprentices and the sizeable role that universities play in delivering vocational qualifications.

1 February 2016

million+ responds to David Cameron’s Sunday Times article addressing inequality in higher education

The university think-tank million+ has responded to the Prime Minister David Cameron’s Sunday Times article addressing inequality in higher education, emphasising that many universities already have excellent track records in this regard and that black and ethnic minority students are still impacted by employers continuing to hire from a small number of universities.

28 January 2016

million+ welcomes UCAS Progressive Pathways report findings

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the conclusion reached in UCAS’s Progressive Pathways report that more support is needed for the growing number of higher education students with non-traditional qualifications.

15 January 2016

million+ responds to the Higher Education Green Paper

The university think tank million+ has today (15th January) published its response to the government’s Higher Education Green Paper, highlighting concerns in a number of areas and urging the Government to work with the sector to ensure that any changes introduced are in the interest of students, universities and employers.

16 December 2015

million+ comments on the Stern review of university research funding

The university think tankmillion+ has welcomed the government’s commitment to consider the purpose, effectiveness and efficiency of the REF but has stated that the review should not undermine the long-standing principle that excellent research should be funded wherever it is found.

25 November 2015

Spending Review ‘a mixed bag’ for universities and students

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

million+ report Creative Futures sets out strategy to support the creative industries

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

million+ comments on the Nurse Review

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

million+ comment on HE Green Paper (England)

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

million+ calls for link between Teaching Excellence Framework and university fees to be set aside

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+ calls for Chancellor to provide a ‘lifeline’ for part-time study

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

million+ comment on MPs’ debate on science and the spending review

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

million+ calls on SNP to engage with modern universities at Holyrood and Westminster

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.

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