14 October 2014
The university think tank million+ respond to the government announcement of the allocation of teacher training places in England for the academic year 2015-16. The number of places avaliable to universites has decreased by 5% while other methods for recruiting teachers see an increase.
7 October 2014
The university think-tank million+ has responded to an announcement by HEFCE that it intends to review the approach to quality assurance in higher education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and re-tender for the service currently provided by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).
6 October 2014
In a speech to a fringe meeting at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference on Monday 6 October in Glasgow university think tank, million+ called for the next UK government to support a sustainable higher education funding system. Professor Nigel Seaton, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Abertay University and Executive Member presented some key asks to the next government.
6 October 2014
million+ comments on the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission report focused on the social mobility gap that still exists in schools and what education providers can do to improve it.
1 October 2014
The university think-tank, million+ have commented on HEFCE data which explores 'cold spots' in higher education. million+ also highlight recommendations they made in a research report that support HEFCE's findings.
30 September 2014
In a speech delivered at a million+ and NUS co-hosted fringe at Conservatives Party Conference 2014, Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University and chair of the university think-tank million+ poses some clear questions on higher education for the party if re-elected. In his speech Professor Gunn stresses the need for the Conservatives to convince universities and students in marginal seats and calls for the party to value all universities and their students and that they will support the UK’s world university system rather than a two-tier model.
26 September 2014
million+ responds to government announcement by Schools Minister proposing to increase bursaries for trainee teachers
million+ responds to the government announcement made my Schools Minister David Laws regarding increasing bursaries avaliable to trainee teachers.
23 September 2014
million+ responds to UCAS' publication 'Interim assessment of UCAS acceptances by intended entry year, country of institution and qualifications held'. million+ notes that universities now recognise the value of vocational qualifications.
22 September 2014
In a speech delivered at a million+ and NUS co-hosted fringe at Labour Party Conference 2014, Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University and chair of the university think-tank million+, will call for an assurance that Labour will restore direct funding to universities if the Party promises to lower fees. In his speech Professor Gunn reaffirms the long-term benefits of investing in higher education far outweigh the short-term costs and points out that taxpayers get on average an 11 per cent return for every £1 the government spends on the sector.
18 September 2014
million+ comments on the HEPI publication ‘Guide to Student Number Controls’, noting that there is still uncertainty around deregulation in 2015 and an unbalanced HE market.
11 September 2014
In their latest report the university think-tank million+ says that the government must increase taxpayer investment in research and development to match that of the UK’s competitors. However, the think-tank warns that access to research funding risks becoming a ‘closed shop’ as a result of government policies directing increasing resources to fewer universities. The report calls for the next government to fund research capacity in all universities and create a new stream of funding for translational research in order to support innovation, address imbalances in regional growth and ensure that students have access to research-informed teaching and facilities wherever they study.
9 September 2014
million+ responds to HEFCE reports on postgraduate education in the UK with a call to fund 50,000 more places
28 August 2014
million+ comments on the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission analysed in detail the backgrounds of more than 4,000 people running Britain. The findings show a nation where the small elites educated at independent schools and Oxbridge are dramatically overrepresented across public life.
28 August 2014
million+ responds to the Labour Party’s publication “Robbins Rebooted: How We Earn Our Way in the Second Machine Age,” million+ noting that the majority of today’s students already have a vocational qualification when they start university.
13 August 2014
million+ comments ahead of A-level results day and encourages people to keep their options open due to Government changes making results less predictable than previously.
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