University Alliance

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University Alliance
University Alliance logo.png
Abbreviation UA
Formation 2006
Type Association of United Kingdom-based universities
Legal status Association
  • 49 Whitehall
    London SW1A 2BX
Region served
United Kingdom
John Latham, Vice-Chancellor Coventry University
Maddalaine Ansell
Formerly called
Alliance of Non-Aligned Universities

University Alliance is an association of British universities which was formed in 2006 as the Alliance of Non-Aligned Universities, adopting its current name in 2007.[1]

Its membership is made up of business-engaged universities with a mission to drive growth and innovation in Britain's cities and regions through research, teaching and enterprise activity, with a particular focus on professional and technical education and applied research.[2]

Alliance institutions educate more than a quarter of students in the UK, including 27% of those on STEM courses and 41% of all part-time students. They deliver 40% of the UK’s sandwich degrees and maintain links with 19,000 businesses, including 13,000 SMEs.[3] It is the only UK university association or grouping which is above benchmark on both access and retention of students.[4] A large proportion of courses offered by Alliance universities (38%) are accredited by professional bodies.[5]

In 2015, University Alliance launched the Doctoral Training Alliance, the UK's largest multi-partner doctoral training programme building on its members' research strengths and industry-focused ethos.[6] The initial programme in applied biosciences for health was followed in 2016 with a second programme, focused on energy.[7]

Alliance universities account for more than a quarter of the UK’s world-leading and internationally excellent (3* & 4*) research in general engineering, according to the most 2014 Research Excellence Framework.[8]


In 2016 University Alliance published a series of reports on the leadership role of universities as 'anchor institutions' in their cities and regions, supporting health and wellbeing,[9] life chances,[10] skills[11] and innovation.[12] University Alliance has put forward proposals on lifelong learning, calling on the government to take steps to ensure people can benefit from educational opportunities at all stages of life.[13]

Its policy work has also focused on the role of universities in supporting the UK’s industrial strategy[14][15] and nurturing arts, culture and the creative economy.[16] University Alliance's proposals for accelerated degrees[17] and for knowledge exchange to be explicitly recognised within the remit of Research England within UKRI have been adopted by the government as part of the Higher Education and Research Bill.[18]


University[19] Current vice-chancellora
University of Brighton Debra Humphris
University of Central Lancashire Mike Thomas
Coventry University John Latham
University of Greenwich David Maguire
University of Hertfordshire Quintin McKellar
University of Huddersfield Bob Cryan
Kingston University Steven Spier
University of Lincoln Mary Stuart
Liverpool John Moores University Nigel Weatherill
Manchester Metropolitan University Malcolm Press
Nottingham Trent University Edward Peck
The Open University Peter Horrocks
Oxford Brookes University Alistair Fitt[20]
University of Portsmouth Graham Galbraith
University of Salford Helen Marshall[21]
Sheffield Hallam University Chris Husbands
University of South Wales Julie Lydon
Teesside University Paul Croney
University of the West of England Steven West


The association is headed by the Chair (Professor John Latham), Deputy Chair (Professor Julie Lydon) and the Treasurer (Professor Edward Peck) who are elected and serve in office for a period of three years. Operational running on a daily business is overseen by the Chief Executive (Maddalaine Ansell[22]).


No. Chairman Term University
1 John Craven 2006 - 2009 University of Portsmouth
2 Janet Beer 2009 - 2012 Oxford Brookes University
3 Steven West 2012 - 2016 University of the West of England
4 John Latham 2016 - present Coventry University

Chief Executive[edit]

No Chief Executive Term
1 Libby Hackett 2009 - 2014
2 Maddalaine Ansell 2015 - present


  1. ^ "New university group launched | University Alliance". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  2. ^ "Strategic Framework 2015-20 | University Alliance". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  3. ^ "About us | University Alliance". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  4. ^ "Non-continuation rates summary: UK Performance Indicators 2015/16 | HESA". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Unistats dataset | HESA". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  6. ^ "University Alliance launches a new kind of doctoral programme for the 21st Century | University Alliance". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  7. ^ "Doctoral Training Alliance celebrates first anniversary with launch of new industry collaboration | University Alliance". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  8. ^ "Home : REF 2014". Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Universities are key to building healthy cities | University Alliance". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  10. ^ "Supporting thriving communities: The role of universities in reducing inequality | University Alliance". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  11. ^ "Developing productive places: The role of universities in skills ecosystems | University Alliance". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  12. ^ "Creating innovative regions: The role of universities in local growth and productivity | University Alliance". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  13. ^ "Enabling lifelong learning requires bold action from Government | University Alliance". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  14. ^ "Universities: delivery partners for industrial strategy | University Alliance". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  15. ^ "UA comments on the BEIS Committee report on Industrial Strategy | University Alliance". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  16. ^ "Supporting arts, culture and the creative economy across our cities and regions | University Alliance". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  17. ^ "University Alliance welcomes government support for new routes through higher education | University Alliance". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  18. ^ "UA comments on government amendments to the HE & Research Bill | University Alliance". Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  19. ^ "University Alliance website". Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  20. ^ "Professor Alistair Fitt to become the next Vice Chancellor of Oxford Brookes". Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  21. ^ Todd Fitzgerald (10 December 2014). "University of Salford vice-chancellor Martin Hall announces retirement - Manchester Evening News". men. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  22. ^ "University Alliance names new chief executive". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 

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