Press release

million+ welcomes new Government focus on importance of teaching in universities

01 Jul 2015

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed a major speech by Jo Johnson MP, Minister for Universities and Science in which he focused on the importance of teaching and the priorities for universities in England of the Conservative Government.

Professor Michael Gunn, chair of the university think-tank million+ and Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University said:

“Universities are engaged in high quality teaching and research but too often teaching has played second fiddle in discussions about the value and contribution of higher education to society and the economy.

“We warmly welcome Jo Johnson’s recognition that the student body is talented and diverse in background, age, mode of study and pre-entry qualifications.

“His commitment to work with employers to highlight shared responsibilities for graduate employability also opens up the potential to improve recruitment practices in ways that would benefit many students.

“The Minster has undoubtedly set a number of challenges and we welcome his commitment to consult widely and the opportunity to explore ways to value the excellent teaching and support for learning in universities.”


Notes to Editors

1. For further information or to arrange an interview, contact million+ on 0207 717 1659 or 
2. million+ is a leading university think-tank. More information can be found at
3. The full text of the Minister’s speech is available on the Government website: