1994 Group appoints Dr Robert Kaye as new Director of Research

The 1994 Group of leading, research-intensive universities have appointed Dr Robert Kaye as the new Director of Research.

Dr Kaye studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at the University of Oxford where he also completed a Doctorate in Politics. He spent five years as a member of the academic faculty of the London School of Economics.

Since 2007, Robert has held roles in the Conservative Party, including head of home affairs at the Conservative Research Department and, most recently, as Chief of Staff to the Party Chairmen.

Alex Bols, Executive Director of the 1994 Group, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Robert to the 1994 Group in what will be a strong appointment for the Group.

“Robert’s experience will be invaluable to the Group and cements our commitment to analysing and shaping the key issues in higher education and helping to inform the sector that serves the interests of students, academics and the wider society.”

Dr Robert Kaye, Research Director at the 1994 Group, said:

"The 1994 Group of universities are leading institutions which combine world class research with outstanding teaching. I look forward to working with them and continuing to build on the strong voice they already have in the higher education sector."

Dr Kaye takes up the position of 1994 Group Director of Research this week (w/c 11th February).

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Notes to Editors

1. Last year the 1994 Group responded to Ofqual's consultation on A-level reform. We have now published the full response online.

2. The 1994 Group represents 11 leading smaller universities. It was founded to promote excellence in research and teaching. According to the most recent assessments, 88% of its members’ research is internationally recognised (RAE 2008) and 88% of its members’ students were satisfied with their university experiences (NSS 2012). In 2011, its members added £1.7bn to the UK economy, fulfilled over 1800 research contracts for business, and held stakes in 34 spin-out companies.

3. 6 of the top 30 universities in the Guardian University Guide 2013 are 1994 Group members; 7 of the top 30 universities in the Complete University Guide 2012 are 1994 Group members; 11 of the UK’s top-ranked research departments are in 1994 members, and all its members have a top-3 rated department for research excellence.

4. The 1994 Group represents Birkbeck, University of London; the University of East Anglia; the University of Essex; Goldsmiths, University of London; the Institute of Education, University of London; Royal Holloway, University of London; Lancaster University; the University of Leicester; Loughborough University; the School of Oriental and African Studies, and the University of Sussex.

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