11 September 2014

Research Report: The Innovation Challenge: A new approach to research funding

The report investigates UK investment in science and innovation and reviews the history and impact of university research funding.  Successive governments in the UK have lauded the role of research in creating economic growth. Investment in innovation is valued to the extent that the science and research budget has been ring-fenced in cash terms since 2010 when most other areas of government spending have been significantly reduced or removed. However, investment in research and development (R&D) by the UK is low compared to its OECD competitors.

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Full report: The Innovation Challenge: A new approach to research funding
Summary report: The Innovation Challenge: A new approach to research funding


27 March 2014

Research Report: Smarter Regions Smarter Britain: Boosting regional growth through universities

The report highlights the sharp variations in regional growth and calls on the government to adopt a new manifesto to boost the role of universities in the regions. The report provides a new assessment of the economic value of graduates who study and then work in the same region and outlines how a new stream of funding for translational research and measures to boost demand for highly skilled jobs and university-business collaboration would help drive growth in the regions.

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Full report: Smarter Regions Smarter Britain
Summary Report: Smarter Regions Smarter Britain


small image - cover of research report Student Opportunity Funding: Why it counts

28 November 2013

Research Report: Student Opportunity Funding: Why it counts

Social mobility, widening participation and fair access have rightly been passions of successive governments. For more than a decade this has been supported by specific funding streams, and this report looks at why those funding streams are important and how they help to widen access to higher education.

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Research Report: Student Opportunity Funding - Why it counts
Executive Summary: Student Opportunity Funding - Why it counts


Front cover of 2012-13 annual report

17 July 2013

million+ Annual Report 2012/2013

Amid the uncertainties arising from the Government’s higher education reforms in England, million+ has remained at the heart of the debate about the role of universities, students and graduates in society and the economy.

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million+ Annual Report 2012-13


Front cover of million+ Roundtable report - Who should train the teachers?

24 June 2013

Roundtable report: Who should train the teachers?

In March 2013, the university think-tank million+ convened a roundtable in the House of Commons to discuss the impact of the Department for Education’s School Direct programme on teacher education in England. The roundtable attracted over 30 participants including MPs, members of the House of Lords, Headteachers, representatives from Teach First and university education departments and this report reflects the discussions and outlines next steps.

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Roundtable report: Who should train the teachers? The future of teacher education in England


23 May 2013

Do the alternatives add up?

New report Do the alternatives add up?, part of the joint million+ and London Economics Behind the Headlines series, explores the the costs and benefits of two alternative proposals for funding higher education in England.

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HE Funding in England - Do the alternatives add up?
Summary: HE Funding in England - Do the alternatives add up?



6 March 2013

Breaking with Tradition – Universities @ 21

Pamphlet celebrating 21 years since the 1992 Further and Higher Education Act which gave rise to many new universities.  Eleven writers contribute their reflections on this significant change in the higher education landscape.

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Breaking with Tradition: Universities@21


18 February 2013

Are the changes to higher education funding in England cost-effective?

'Are the changes to higher education funding in England cost-effective?' presents new modelling of the higher education funding regime in England adopted from 2012. It is undertaken by London Economics on behalf of million+. Overall, it is found that “the combined costs of increasing higher education fees is estimated to be almost 6 ½ times as great as the potential Treasury expenditure savings."

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Report: Are the changes to higher education funding in England cost-effective?
Summary: Are the changes to higher education funding in England cost-effective?


16 January 2013

What's the value of a UK degree?

New report What's the value of a UK degree?, part of the joint million+ and London Economics Behind the Headlines series, explores the the nature and scale of the benefits of higher education - both monetised and non-monetised - to the individual, society and economy. Overall, the report finds that higher education remains an exceptionally good investment for individuals and taxpayers.

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What's the value of a UK degree? report
What's the value of a UK degree? summary



4 September 2012

'What are A-Levels for?': roundtable report

Report of million+ roundtable discussion about value and role of A-Levels with academics, politicians, business representatives and educational specialists held at Parliament, hosted by Graham Stuart MP, chair of Education Select Committee.

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'What are A-levels for' roundtable report


9 July 2012

Annual Report 2011/2012

Over the last 12 months million+ has been at the forefront of the debate around the Coalition government’s higher education reform agenda.

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Annual Report 2011/2012


22 May 2012

Never Too Late To Learn

Never Too Late To Learn: Mature Students in Higher Education is a joint million+/NUS report which challenges long-standing myths about who participates in higher education in the UK.

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Never Too Late To Learn - Final Report
Never Too Late To Learn - Key Findings


19 March 2012

Graduate Employability: modern universities supporting graduates and meeting the needs of employers

AGCAS (The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) has produced a special issue of its e-digest, ’The Edge’...

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6 March 2012

1992-2012 Modern Universities Changing Lives

To mark the 20th Anniversary of the 1992 Further and Higher Education Act which entitled modern universities to apply for university title...

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Modern Universities Changing Lives


9 February 2012

Teaching that Matters

Teaching that Matters highlights how a teaching revolution is underway in modern universities with new approaches to teaching increasing employability and improving the social mobility of graduates.

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Teaching that Matters.pdf


24 October 2011

million+/NUS Mature Students Survey

million+ and NUS are undertaking new study into mature students to ensure that universities and student unions are supporting those who enter university for the first time later in life.

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19 September 2011

Universities Driving Social Mobility - Beyond the Oxbridge Obsession

Universities Driving Social Mobility – Beyond the Oxbridge Obsession applauds the Government’s commitment to promote a society in which people can improve their lot in life, including by studying at university.

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Universities Driving Social Mobility.pdf


11 June 2011

million+ Annual Report 2010/2011

In the last year we have sought to enhance our role as a university think-tank with the publication of a series of influential and wide-ranging reports and policy papers.

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Annual Report 2010/2011


17 May 2011

Research that Matters

Research that Matters is an evaluation of university research funding in the UK.

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Research that Matters


11 March 2011

International Higher Education: Missing an Opportunity?

This million+ report concludes that the Government should set out a comprehensive strategy for international higher education in the forthcoming Higher Education White Paper.

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Missing an Opportunity? - Full report.
Missing an Opportunity? - Executive summary


31 January 2011

The National Scholarship Programme: A national scheme or a postcode lottery?

This million+ Policy Paper sets out the unanswered questions about the Government’s flagship scheme to help the poorest students go to university.

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The National Scholarship Programme


30 November 2010

Fair, Progressive and Good Value?

‘Fair, Progressive and Good Value?’ analyses the Government’s proposals for the reform of university funding in England which will cut undergraduate funding by 80% (£2.9bn) per annum by 2014/15 and will lead to much higher fees for students entering university form 2012.

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Fair, Progressive and Good Value - Final report
Fair, Progressive and Good Value - Summary


13 September 2010

A Graduate Tax: Would it work?

A Graduate Tax: Would it work? outlines how tuition fees could be abolished and student debt reduced by at least £10,000 through the introduction of a graduate tax.

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A Graduate Tax - Final report


29 June 2010

So just what is a university?

A short guide to many frequently asked questions about universities. This booklet also specifically refers to the development and role of modern universities and provides a brief analysis of current higher education issues.

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So just what is a university


10 June 2010

million+ Annual Report 2009/2010

In the last year we have sought to enhance our role as a university think-tank with the publication of a series of influential and wide-ranging reports and policy papers.

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Annual Report 2009/2010


21 April 2010

Could do better: Scorecard for Higher Education

The million+ Higher Education ‘Scorecard’ analyses the key policy issues for the next Government, the positions of the three main parties to date and sets out a ‘Gold Standard’ for higher education policies.

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HE Scorecard


3 March 2010

A Postgraduate Strategy for Britain

million+ research into postgraduate provision in the UK’s higher education sector: seeking the expansion of excellence, innovation and opportunity.

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A Postgraduate Strategy for Britain


13 January 2010

Fair Funding for All

The case for a more sustainable, flexible and fairer fees and funding system to maximise opportunity and participation in higher education.

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Fair Funding for All


29 October 2009

From inputs to impact: a study of the impact of JISC funding on universities

million+ research into the impact of funding to support advances in the application of digital technologies in UK universities.

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JISC Report Final


30 June 2009

million+ Annual Report 2008/2009

In the last year we have sought to enhance our role as a university think-tank with the publication of a series of influential and wide-ranging reports and policy papers.

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million+ Annual Report 2008/2009


30 March 2009

Social Mobility: Universities Changing Lives

"This report proves the social mobility pessimists wrong. New generations of students have been encouraged to apply to university."

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Social Mobility: Universities Changing Lives


24 March 2009

Policy Paper Enrol for free

The case for a new university offer for those on Job Seekers Allowance and short-time working

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Policy Paper Enrol for free


27 January 2009

Universities and International Higher Education Partnerships: Making a Difference

A report prepared for million+ by Kingston University

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Making a Difference: Summary
Making a Difference: Full report