Press release

million+ welcomes contribution to higher education policy debate

28 Aug 2014

Responding today to the Labour Party’s publication “Robbins Rebooted: How We Earn Our Way in the Second Machine Age,” million+ noted that the majority of today’s students already have a vocational qualification when they start university. A third of students enter university for the first time when they are over 21 and many degrees are already professionally and vocationally focused.

Professor Michael Gunn, Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University and Chair of million+ said:

“Liam Byrne is right to highlight the “rich infrastructure” that already exists, with many modern universities working closely with industry and employers to develop high quality degrees with vocational and technical skills at their core.

“Nine months ahead of the general election it is good to see political parties contributing to the debate on higher education policy. A challenge has now been set for other political parties to outline clearly the key areas they want to address in higher education and to begin work with universities in exploring them.”