Press release

Modern universities a vital part of the higher education landscape, says MillionPlus

09 Feb 2024

Modern universities are a vital part of the higher education landscape and bring enormous benefits nationally and in their local regions, says MillionPlus today (9 February)

Marking the release of MillionPlus’s updated annual Facts and Stats publication, Professor Graham Baldwin, Chair of MillionPlus and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire, said:

“This freshly updated publication, now in its fifth edition, is a powerful and timely reminder of just some of the good modern universities do nationally and, vitally, in their local regions.

“Boosting growth and local economies; delivering exceptional research, with almost 60% judged world-leading; upskilling and reskilling; training 70% the next generation of nurses and almost two-thirds of new teachers; broadening minds and horizons by teaching two thirds of students from deprived backgrounds and 80% of mature learners; quite simply, changing lives. Our universities are one of the jewels in Britain’s crown. We forget that at our cost.”


Notes to editors

  1. For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Dan Blows on 020 3927 2916 or email
  2. Modern universities: facts and stats is available here
  3. MillionPlus is the Association for Modern Universities in the UK, and the voice of 21st century higher education. We champion, promote and raise awareness of the essential role and impact of modern universities in the UK’s world-leading higher education sector. More information can be found at
  4. What are modern universities? Modern universities are long established centres of higher education in their communities with roots that stretch back decades, if not centuries. Many gained university title following legislation agreed by parliament in 1992. They make up almost half of the UK university sector with over a million students studying at modern universities every year.

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