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Big ideas for the future: UK research that will have a profound effect on our future

Big ideas for the future is a joint report by Universities UK and Research Councils UK, published as part of the second annual Universities Week campaign. 

This new report explores the excellent research taking place in UK higher education today and what it will mean for us in 20 years' time. It demonstrates the value of public investment in higher education and research and the positive impact this has on economic growth and the social wellbeing of the UK. By looking to the future, the aim is to inspire and excite the general public about what is happening in universities, and how it might change their lives in the future.

News

Report predicts significant increase in the number of degree apprenticeships

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A report today from Universities UK is predicting a significant increase in the number of people opting for degree apprenticeships in England.

FT letter: UK must remain open to highly skilled international talent

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Business, university and charity leaders - including the heads of the the CBI, the Royal Society and the British Medical Association - have signed a letter published in the Financial Times, saying that the UK must remain open to international talent.

Blog

Universities, place and the industrial strategy

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James Ransom, Policy Researcher at Universities UK, highlights the role universities play in their local areas and outlines three ways in which this role can be strengthed.

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