Press release

MillionPlus welcomes the creation of a degree apprenticeship fund

10 Nov 2016

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (10 November) welcomed the creation of a new Department for Education (DfE) / Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) fund to support degree apprenticeships. The funding, which is worth £4.5m, will be available for specified universities and colleges from September 2017.

Designed by universities, employers and professional bodies, degree apprenticeships deliver high-tech and high level skills and offer an alternative to a traditional degree course. Bringing together university study with paid work, degree apprentices spend part of their time at university and part with their employer.

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:

“This funding will provide an important additional resource to boost the availability and development of degree apprenticeships. Modern universities have a long history of working with employers.

“These allocations to universities and colleges confirm once again that modern universities are ahead of the field and will be crucial players in delivering the government’s ambition to expand high quality, high level apprenticeships.”


Notes to editors

  1. MillionPlus is the Association for Modern Universities. More information can be found at
  2. For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Dan Blows on 020 7717 1658 or email
  3. Examples of Modern Universities working in partnership with employers can be found here
  4. Further information on the degree apprenticeship fund is available here
  5. The successful Higher Education Institutions and Colleges are:
Funded Institutions: Degree Apprenticeships with a range of subjects including:
Birmingham City University Surveying and construction, engineering, chartered management, digital and technology, accounting and business, insurance and risk, financial fraud investigation, radiography/radiotherapy, marketing, and human resource management
Buckinghamshire New University, with Aylesbury College Early years, learning and teaching, digital and technology, business, legal, accountancy and finance, banking and financial services, project management, and product design and development.
University of Cumbria, with University of Chester, Liverpool John Moores University, University of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire University, Buckinghamshire New University, University of Central Lancashire, Open University, Plymouth University, and London Metropolitan University Police constables
University of Derby Site management, digital and technology, cybersecurity, aerospace engineering, chartered management, and nursing
University of Gloucestershire Cybersecurity, product design and development, internet of things and cyber engineering, and nursing
University of Greenwich, with Mid Kent College Construction, engineering, digital and technology, biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, nursing, paramedic science, community sport, logistics, and chartered surveying
Leeds Trinity University, with University of Leeds Supply chain management, and chartered management with specialisms in healthcare, education, and SMEs
University of Lincoln, with Sheffield Hallam University Food manufacturing, including technical professional, operations management, and food engineering
Liverpool John Moores University Building services engineering, construction management, building surveying, real estate management, quantity surveying, engineering, automation and control, engineering, policing, digital and technology, and outside broadcasting
London South Bank University, with College of North East London, Lambeth College, Lewisham and Southwark Colleges, Barnet and Southgate College, and Barking and Dagenham College Engineering, building services, site management, electrical and electronic, and chartered management
Northumbria University Site management, construction quantity surveyor, building services, chartered management, and digital and technology including business analyst, data analyst, software engineering, and cybersecurity
Nottingham Trent University Chartered management and electronic systems design and development
University of Salford Construction, leadership and management, and control/technical support engineering
University of Sheffield, with Sheffield Hallam University Maintenance engineering and construction manufacturing
Sheffield Hallam University, with Barnsley College, Sheffield College, Chesterfield College, Rotherham and North Notts Colleges, Dearne Valley College, Doncaster College, and Northern College Chartered management, digital and technology, construction, quantity surveying, health science practitioner, facilities management, cybersecurity, software engineering, railway engineering, advanced manufacturing, ultrasound, paramedic practice, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy
University of Sunderland Health care science, nursing, paramedic, cybersecurity, computing, and chartered management
University of the West of England, with Weston College, City of Bristol College, Gloucestershire College, and Bridgwater College Embedded and wireless systems, quantity surveying, construction, building services engineering, real estate, leadership and management, digital and technology, aerospace and computer engineering, and aerospace
University of Wolverhampton, with Walsall College, City of Wolverhampton College, and Birmingham Metropolitan College Solicitor, legal executive, aerospace, automotive design, development and manufacturing, digital and technology, chartered management, broadcast production, and nursing associate