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What is University Alliance?

The University Alliance is a group of 'business engaged' universities that attempt to drive innovation and enterprise growth. Find out more about what they do and who's a member...

What the University Alliance says: 

University Alliance is a group of 24 major, business-engaged universities committed to delivering world-class research and a quality student experience around the UK.

They are universities without boundaries: delivering economic and social growth through close links with their research, students and staff and the world around them – locally, nationally and internationally. With representation right across the UK they educate over 25% of all UK students, with large proportions of international and postgraduate students. University Alliance Website

Who's in the University Alliance?

University Alliance tends to represent smaller, specialised institutions.

  • Bournemouth University 
  • University of Bradford
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University 
  • Coventry University
  • De Montfort University 
  • Glasgow Caledonian University 
  • University of Hertfordshire 
  • University of Huddersfield 
  • Kingston University 
  • University of Lincoln 
  • Liverpool John Moores University 
  • Manchester Metropolitan University 
  • Northumbria University 
  • Nottingham Trent University 
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Plymouth University 
  • University of Portsmouth 
  • University of Salford 
  • Sheffield Hallam University 
  • University of South Wales
  • Teesside University 
  • University of the West of England, Bristol 

What other university groups are there? 

University Alliance isn’t the only university group out there. The Russell Group and 1994 Group are both associated with research and are known for doing well in the university league tables, while Million+ is a public policy think tank made up of universities, many of whom were former polytechnics before 1992 and who have traditionally focused more on vocational (work-related) education. There is also UKADIA and Guild HE, which tend to represent smaller specialist institutions, particularly those that specialise in art. 

Some universities choose not to be part of any group – and this shouldn’t be viewed negatively.

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