Press release

million+ comments on HEFCE data on link between universities and economic growth

01 Oct 2014

million+, the university think-tank, have commented on the latest data published by HEFCE which analyses the link between economic growth, higher education provision and participation across England.  million+ supports the findings while drawing comparisons to research they have previously undertaken.

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of the university think-tank million+, said:

“Our report Smarter Regions Smarter Britain highlighted the link between HE qualifications and regional growth and outlined a series of recommendations for the next government which would help tackle the HE cold spots identified by HEFCE.

“These recommendations include regional and local coordination to uplift qualification levels and strategies to support those who want to study at university for the first time later in life.

“We have long argued the value and significant impact graduates and universities can have on local economies. However it is more important than ever that government look to generate more opportunities for all in both higher education and employment to ensure sustainable and stronger growth.”


Notes to Editors
1. For further information or to arrange an interview, contact Rochelle Owusu- Antwi, Press and Communications Officer, million+ on 020 7717 1658 / 07527 336 795 or email
2. million+ is a leading university think-tank. More information can be found at
3. The full research report Smarter Region Smarter Britain: Boosting regional growth through universities can be found here
4. More information on the HE Cold Spots data can be found on the HEFCE website here