University Alliance is a group of 24 business-engaged universities in the United Kingdom. Its members focus on combining science and technological research for the benefit and development of professions, businesses and communities, as well as supporting academic learning and providing a quality student experience. University Alliance was formed in 2006, adopting the name in 2007.
The purpose of the consortium is to bring together universities with government and business to create innovative solutions to social and economic challenges. It is a policy centre delivering evidence-based policy and research in order to improve higher education policy, to benefit the economy and society.
As major providers of professional and postgraduate education, Alliance universities work with over 25% of all UK students.
The association is headed by the chairman, who is elected and serves in office for a period of three years. They are also the incumbent vice-chancellor of a member university. Operational running on a daily business is conducted and overseen by the Chief Executive.