1994 Group response to Wilson Review of Business-University collaborations.

Mark Fuller, 1994 Group Director of Communications, said:

"The review is wide ranging and puts forward an extensive set of proposals. While many appear to be positive, including measures to support undergraduate internships, there are are some that need careful consideration if unintended consequences are to be avoided. For example, setting arbitrary fee limits for sandwich courses could restrict the resources available to deliver such courses. We would also be wary of a form of Key Information Set (KIS) for postgraduate study that is not appropriately tailored to study at that level. 

"Above all else, Professor Wilson is absolutely right to highlight the economic importance of the UK's excellent universities. 1994 Group institutions already make strong economic contributions, from producing the highly skilled graduates that employers demand to carrying out the cutting edge research that drives innovation. Our members will look closely at the recommendations the review makes and take on board any measures that can enhance their good work."


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Notes to Editors:

1. The 1994 Group represents 19 of the UK’s leading student-focused research-intensive universities. It was established in 1994 to promote excellence in University research and teaching.
2.  12 of the top 20 universities in the Guardian University Guide 2012 league tables are 1994 Group members. 8 of the top 20 universities in the 2012 Sunday Times University League Table are 1994 Group members. 9 of the top 20 universities in the 2012 Complete University Guide are 1994 Group members.
3.  In 17 major subject areas 1994 Group universities are the UK leaders, achieving 1st place in their field (THE RAE subject rankings 2008). 57% of the 1994 Group's research is rated 4* 'world-leading' or 3* 'internationally excellent' (RAE 2008, HEFCE). 

4.    The 1994 Group represents: University of Bath, Birkbeck University of London, Durham University, University of East Anglia, University of Essex, University of Exeter, Goldsmiths University of London, Institute of Education University of London, Royal Holloway University of London, Lancaster University, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, Queen Mary University of London, University of Reading, University of St Andrews, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of Surrey, University of Sussex, University of York.

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