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Alison Pickard

Alison Pickard
Universities UK
Policy Researcher

​Alison Pickard is a Policy Researcher at Universities UK, leading on specialist institutions and the performing and visual arts. She is also the policy lead for Conservatoires UK, a role she holds jointly with that for Universities UK.

Prior to joining Universities UK, she was Head of Professional Policy for the Incorporated Society of Musicians. With a career primarily in the arts and cultural field, she has been artistic planning manager for London’s South Bank Centre, international service manager at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and worked in a number of arts and education roles for the British Council.

A graduate of French and Music from Royal Holloway University of London, she has a postgraduate certificate of advanced studies in singing from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and holds an MBA and an MSc in Management and Business Research from the Open University.

Blog

How can universities help to attract and retain graduates in North East England?

27 April 2017
Ross Smith, Director of Policy at North East England Chamber of Commerce, outlines areas where universities could do more to help encourage graduates to stay to work in North East England

'Tuition fees hike' or inflationary catch-up?

26 April 2017
Julie Tam, Assistant Director of Policy at UUK, explains that, under new plans, there will be no wholesale hike in tutition fees in England.