University of Derby joins University Alliance

The University of Derby is the newest university to become a member of University Alliance, which represents 14 universities in the UK

University Alliance has welcomed the University of Derby as its newest member. 

University Alliance represents some of the UK’s leading universities in technical and professional education. Members are united in their commitment to place-based and applied research for industries including the public sector.

The mission group recently recruited the University of Middlesex into its ranks, and the addition of the University of Derby brings the number of universities represented by the organisation to 14.

Other members of University Alliance include UWE Bristol, University of Brighton, University of Greenwich, Teesside University, University of South Wales, Oxford Brookes University, Leeds Beckett University, Kingston University, University of Hertfordshire, Coventry University, Birmingham City University and Anglia Ruskin University.

Professor Debra Humphris, chair of University Alliance and vice-chancellor of the University of Brighton, said: “Alliance universities like the University of Derby are at the heart of their communities: educating the local workforce, supporting local industry and innovation and acting as pillars of their local economies. Together, we will continue to go from strength to strength and will support our regions to thrive in doing so.”

The alliance envisions its members leading the way in finding meaningful solutions post-pandemic and having a positive impact regionally and nationally.

Vanessa Wilson, University Alliance CEO, said: “Together, we can ensure the continued success of our institutions and play a collective role in the economic, social and cultural development of our communities and the UK. We believe that Alliance universities will be central to delivering levelling up across the UK and we will work together to support the government in delivering their ambitions.”

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, vice-chancellor and chief executive of the University of Derby, commented: “Many of our strategic ambitions align with those of University Alliance, and as a member we have an opportunity to collaborate with like-minded institutions and become part of a strong collective voice working to positively influence government and key decision-makers.”

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