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Universities UK President takes up office

Universities UK Media Release, August 1, 2003:

Professor Ivor Crewe, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex, has officially taken up his role as President of Universities UK. The new president will make his inaugural speech to Universities UK members at their annual autumn conference in September at the University of Warwick.

Professor Crewe said: "I begin my presidency at a time of intense political debate over the role and value of universities to the economy and to the individual student. With the Higher Education Bill, as well as our submission to the 2004 Spending Review, on the horizon, Universities UK will be pressing its case on a number of key issues:

  • Meeting the sector's funding gap and making the case for additional funding for our teaching infrastructure,
  • A fair system of student fees: we will be supporting the case for higher tuition fees forming part of the additional income urgently needed by the university system - with fees paid after graduation, and on the basis of ability to pay, and with a more generous system of maintenance grants and scholarships,
  • Staffing and salaries: ensuring that high performance by all university staff earns its due reward,
  • Research: arguing the case against further concentration of research,
  • Regulatory burdens: continuing the campaign against unnecessary intrusion and regulation.

Professor Crewe added: "UK universities are doing an excellent job; we’re producing good graduates and world-class research. But institutions and students need more support to continue this good work - we need substantial additional investment, particularly to improve the teaching infrastructure of our universities."

Notes

  1. Universities UK is holding its annual autumn residential conference for Vice-Chancellors from September 10-11 at the University of Warwick.

August 2003

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