GuildHE is a recognised representative body for UK higher education and the voice of 60 smaller and specialist universities, championing distinction and diversity in the sector

GuildHE’s 60 members include universities, university colleges, further education colleges and specialist institutions, representing over 150,000 students

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Reflections on harassment and misconduct

I’ve recently spoken at several conferences on how the sector should respond to the OfS consultation on harassment and sexual misconduct, and ensure that we are creating safe, inclusive and supportive environments for our students.  In response, I believe that this...

GuildHE is a recognised representative body and official voice for UK higher education, especially for university and colleges with a tradition of learning, research and innovation in industries and professions. GuildHE promotes and maintains a distinctive, diverse and inclusive higher education sector.

GuildHE works with


Interacting through high quality political intelligence and briefing; direct support; and through networks that allow members and their staff to share and gain from each other’s experience and to shape and influence national policy positions.


Interacting through consultation and joint work with members, their students, students’ unions and NUS to celebrate and promote student engagement in institutions.

Higher Education Sector

Interacting through governance, co-ownership, and co- regulation.  GuildHE nominates member Vice Chancellors and Principals to the governing bodies of the QAA, HESA, AdvanceHE, the OIA, JISC, the Higher Education Careers Services Unit and UCEA.


Interacting through lobbying, research and policy influence; by developing collective policy positions in response to consultations; and through co-regulation and sector reform.

Member Institutions

Years representing Higher Education Institutions

Members include universities, university colleges, further education colleges and specialist institutions from both the publicly funded and private sectors. We provide:


  • Timely access to advice and relevant material, including reports, research, and publications.
  • Opportunities to engage with related sectors and communities.
  • Access to data analysis and reviewed information.
  • Network events to meet and provide input into key policy discussions and consultations.
  • Advice to Government and official groups on issues around UK higher education.

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Abertay University

Founded in 1888, Abertay has always focussed on preparing students for the world of work and on excellence and innovation in its teaching and learning.  A small university with a big sense of social mission, Abertay concentrates on developing career-relevant knowledge and skills in its students, and on pursuing interdisciplinary research that anchors its teaching and delivers real impact for society.

Academy of Live and Recorded Arts

Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) was founded in 1979 and was the first drama school to offer a training which encompassed all media: Live Theatre, TV & Film and Radio. ALRA aims to equip actors and theatre technicians with those skills fundamental to a productive and creative life in the performance industries.

AECC University College

Based in Bournemouth, AECC University College is a highly esteemed, global pioneer in musculoskeletal healthcare, dedicated to excellence in education, clinical training and research. The University College provides specialist study in health sciences at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, with state-of-the-art facilities, high quality teaching and a regarded level of professionalism. With over 50% of students coming from outside of the UK, the single-campus is a thriving, supportive and inclusive community, constantly at the forefront of engaging with others, collaborating with a number of partner organisations, businesses and other universities. The continued investment in facilities, clinical teaching and higher education has been central to being awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers and University College designation.

Arts University Bournemouth

Arts University Bournemouth (formerly The Arts University College at Bournemouth), established in 1885 as a specialist institution, is now a leading University offering high quality specialist education in art, design, media and performance across the creative industries. The University provides staff and students with a well resourced environment in which to practise to the highest professional standards.

Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University’s vision is to be a leading university in creativity, culture and enterprise. Through inspirational teaching and research, the University transforms students’ lives. Based in a World Heritage city and connected to a network of international partners, Bath Spa will ensure that its graduates are socially engaged global citizens. Three principles underpin the University’s vision: we are ethical, we are academically led, and we are focused on all our students acquiring the distinctive set of Bath Spa attributes. In 2017, Bath Spa will celebrate 12 years as a university, 70 years of teacher education at Newton Park and over 160 years of teaching. The University has been named by Which? as one of the top five creative universities in the UK, with around 7,000 students and 1,000 staff. Over 94 per cent of graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating, and many are successful freelancers, entrepreneurs or are employed in different companies across many sectors. For further information:

Bishop Grosseteste University

Research is an integral part of academic life at Bishop Grosseteste and forms one of the defining characteristics of the university’s culture. Research stimulates innovation in learning and teaching, informs our practices and pushes back the boundaries of knowledge and changes lives. Research is important to us at BG for its intrinsic as well as extrinsic value and our Centre for Educational Development and Research (CEDaR) supports research among staff and students across the institution. Doctoral Study at Bishop Grosseteste Studying for a doctoral level qualification is one of the most exciting, stimulating and challenging things you can do. BG’s innovative doctoral programmes are designed to empower you as a professional educator to conduct robust research focused on the critical analysis of evidence, pushing back the boundaries of knowledge, developing policy and professional practice, and improving the quality of education as a whole. Visit the Bishop Grosseteste University website

Bradford College

Bradford College actively encourages staff to engage in scholarly activity, both subject specific and pedagogic.  The forms of activity in which staff engage are diverse, but typically include: action research, applied research, attendance at conferences and colloquia, conference presentations/workshops, consultancy, curriculum development, exhibitions, higher level qualifications, industrial or commercial secondments, subject updating and writing for publication.  Staff also represent the College on subject networks and professional bodies, take part in professional updating and engage in a range of other activities aimed at keeping the College up-to-date on subject area developments and on teaching and learning. Many of our courses, particularly at Higher Education level, have a research component, and we place importance on the teaching of good research practice. A number of Bradford College staff are engaged in research projects, and have had research published in books and journals on a range of topics. Visit the Bradford College website

British & Irish Modern Music Institute

BIMM Institute, has colleges in six cities where music matters most – London, Berlin, Dublin, Brighton, Manchester and Bristol – and is the leading provider of contemporary music education in Europe. Our colleges have over 50 years’ experience between them in helping students launch successful careers in the music industry. We offer a broad range of Higher and Further Education music courses – including BA Honours Degrees, nationally accredited Diplomas and Postgraduate Teaching Certificates. Our professional highly vocational and real-world courses include studies in guitar, bass, drums, vocals, songwriting, music production, music business, music journalism and event management.

Buckinghamshire New University

Research at Buckinghamshire New University (Bucks) is focused on the needs of business, commerce and industry as well as the public and voluntary sectors. 

Bucks strongly encourage a collaborative approach and have a number of non-profit research centres and institutes which foster close links with industry, the public sector and charitable organisations. Bucks has a flourishing research degree programme, with opportunities for both full-time and part-time study leading towards MPhil and PhD degrees in a wide range of subject areas. Research is profiled in the Bucks Knowledge Archive, the online repository for Bucks’ academics’ research output. Visit the Buckinghamshire New University website

Falmouth University

Established in 1902, Falmouth University has evolved from art school to creative innovation hub. It’s ranked as the UK’s number one University in the arts and creative industries. The University now has nearly 4500 students from foundation level, to PhD.  They are drawn from over 100 countries around the world, as well as closer to home with nearly 15% of Falmouth students coming from Cornwall. They benefit from world-class teaching and state of the art, industry standard facilities. Falmouth University has identified three strategic themes for research: the digital economy, sustainable design and creative, connected communuites. Both through its research and teaching, the university aims to play a major role in the economic regeneration of Cornwall while helping graduates into great jobs. Visit the Falmouth University website

GSM London

Since our foundation in 1973, over 20,000 students have successfully graduated from GSM London. Many now work in key management positions all around the world, in industries such as oil and gas, and in the public and private sector. In addition, many of its graduates choose to continue their studies, and undertake academic research after completing their course at GSM London.

Glyndŵr University

Glyndŵr University is based in Wrexham, North Wales. Glyndŵr University’s ancestry dates back to 1887 when the Wrexham School of Science and Art was established, in response to local demands and to create a highly skilled workforce for the growing industrial backbone of North East Wales. The result was that Glyndŵr’s founding college had a strong industrial character. That character has remained as one of the defining features of the University, and the University is proud of the contribution its research activity makes to real regional and national economic and social development. Visit the Glyndŵr University website

Harper Adams University

Harper Adams University (HAU) is an institution that is closely related to the needs of the rural economy and industries reliant upon the rural economy, with a specific commitment to sustainable agriculture, re-establishing connections between food producers and consumers, knowledge transfer to support the rural economy and the international dimension of environmental and food chain sustainability. There is a healthy research environment at Harper Adams, producing some exciting ideas and advances for the land-based sector. Research at Harper Adams is expanding rapidly, with a 51% increase in external funding from 2011 – 2012. HAU has research competence across the entire agri-food chain, offering farm facilities, laboratories, glasshouses, and engineering workshops, and provides links to small and medium sized enterprises within the agri-food sector. Visit the Harper Adams University website

Hartpury College and University Centre

Hartpury College and University Centre is one of the UK’s leading land-based and sports educational establishments. Our stunning specialist campus covers more than 360 hectares and is located near to both Gloucester and Cheltenham. Hartpury is an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England (UWE) and has been working in partnership with UWE since 1997. It is currently working towards ‘Taught Degree Awarding Powers’ with the aim of awarding its own degrees, potentially from September 2018. Today it has more than 1500 students working towards foundation degrees, honours degrees and postgraduate qualifications in equine, sport and animal and land studies. Visit the Hartpury College and University Centre website

Hereford College of Arts

Hereford College of Arts is a dedicated arts college with a specialist focus on art, media, design, popular music and performing arts. We offer eleven undergraduate degrees alongside a range of pre-degree and short course programmes for students of all ages from twelve. Our Mission: ‘To provide outstanding education and employability in the creative arts.’

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is located in London at the heart of the music industry. It was established over a quarter of a century ago, and has been developing and delivering cutting-edge courses to students of contemporary music for longer than any other UK-based school. The Institute’s reputation has been built on developing and providing world-class education and training using the very best tutors and state-of-the-art facilities. Institute students and alumni can be found building successful careers in all areas of the music industry.

Istituto Marangoni

Istituto Marangoni London – The School of Fashion is located in Shoreditch, East London. Istituto Marangoni has a history of educating four generations of students from 5 continents and for having launched over 45,000 professionals in fashion and luxury fields, such as Domenico Dolce (Dolce & Gabbana) and Franco Moschino. It currently educates 4,000 students per year from 106 countries at its schools, located in Milan (the School of Fashion and the School of Design), Florence, Paris, London, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Mumbai; the international capitals of fashion, design and luxury.


LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Drama) is a specialist drama school, which provides vocational training to actors, stage managers, technicians, directors and designers. Based in West London, LAMDA offers undergraduate and masters level courses, alongside short courses. LAMDA is an affiliate of the Conservatoire of Dance and Drama; its higher education courses are accredited by the University of Kent.

Leeds Arts University

Leeds Arts University has been delivering art and design education from its initial foundation as Leeds School of Art in 1846. Since the 1960s it has delivered higher education commencing with the award of Diploma in Art and Design and evolving into Degree provision during the following decades. In 2012 it transferred into the HE Sector. The University’s culture and character from inception to the present day are indelibly etched with innovation, success, determination and inclusion. The University currently delivers postgraduate, undergraduate and further education. The University is a teaching led institution where research including practice-based research is encouraged and supportedThrough research, members of staff acquire subject specific expertise, maintain currency with their subject and connect with other academics; all of which feeds into the work with students. Visit the Leeds Arts University website

Leeds College of Music

Leeds College of Music (LCoM) is a leading European conservatoire and the largest in the United Kingdom. LCoM provides music education to a community of over 1,900 musicians through a variety of programs, including undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, numerous short courses for all ages, and a Saturday Music School for young musicians aged nine–18. The conservatoire opened in 1965 as Leeds Music Centre, providing a light music course with a significant focus on jazz. In 1993, LCoM launched the first jazz degree in Europe and went on to become the first U.K. conservatoire to offer popular music, music production, and, later, music business. Now, 50 years since its inception, the conservatoire’s undergraduate program includes degrees in popular music, classical music, jazz, music production, music business, film music, songwriting, and folk, and the postgraduate study option, entitled MMus/PGDip Creative Musician, offers the opportunity to collaborate with leading composers, performers, producers, and songwriters, and develop skills as a professional-level musician.

Leeds Trinity University

Leeds Trinity is a teaching-led, research-informed university, committed to empowering individuals and engagement with communities. Our scholarships and research learning informs our teaching and likewise, our teaching influences the research we undertake. Leeds Trinity has a rapidly growing research reputation in a number of specific areas of expertise with commitment to an actively forward-thinking programme that innovates the links between teaching and research across the full range of courses. Visit the Leeds Trinity University website

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts was set up to combine performance, technical innovation, understanding and business awareness for youngsters intent on sustained careers in the arts and entertainment economy. The LIPA cost some £20m to create. Spearheading its creation were Sir Paul McCartney (Lead Patron) and Mark Featherstone-Witty (Founding Principal/CEO). The curriculum is holistic. Whatever each student chose as their specialism, the extension of this skill is supplemented by allied performing arts skills, as well as business skills and intellectual development.

The London Institute of Banking & Finance

Based in the City of London since 1879, The London Institute of Banking & Finance advance banking and finance by providing outstanding education tailored to the needs of business and individuals. Our undergraduate, postgraduate and apprenticeship degrees in banking and finance are specific to role requirements and delivered by respected industry practitioners. As a result our students graduate with a recognised professional status and are prepared to advance the sector. Today we are the only specialist provider of dedicated personal finance qualifications for children and young people and play a leading role in the development of financial understanding in the wider community. We work with banking and finance sector experts to develop our professional qualifications in banking, regulated advice and international trade finance. Our aim is to help both individuals and organisations to preform better. All of our qualifications are therefore providing clear career paths to match industry need and professional recognition and can lead to Chartered Associateship status.

Mont Rose College

Mont Rose College of Management and Science was founded in 2006, and offers business, management and legal qualifications, ranging from HNDs and top-up courses to undergraduate and MBA degrees. The College is based in Ilford.

Morley College

As a specialist designated adult education college, Morley College London advocates learning for life.  The College seeks to empower students to be ambitious in pursuing their interests and aspirations – learning for enjoyment, for achievement, and to satisfy a curiosity of knowing.  Ongoing development of an already extensive array of courses is now creating progressive pathways to higher study, distinctive to Morley’s ethos and subject expertise in the arts, culture and applied sciences.

New College of the Humanities

New College of the Humanities (NCH) is a university-level college in the heart of London. Small by design, NCH offers a broad liberal arts-inspired curriculum with highly personalised teaching, including a one-to-one tutorial system. The College admitted its first students in 2012.

Newman University

Newman University is developing a strong research culture and offers opportunities for research at postgraduate level. We offer a range of intellectually challenging taught postgraduate courses leading to the award of MRes, MA or MSc. Our research students study towards the award of EdD, MPhil or PhD, full or part-time, in a supportive research environment tailored to their needs. The growing research culture at Newman University was recognised through the Research Excellence Framework Exercise (REF) 2014. The REF results indicated that all research outputs from the University were of national or international standards in terms of originality, significance and rigour, with some outputs being classified as world-leading. Visit the Newman University website

The Northern School of Art

CCAD is a specialist Art and Design college, with campuses in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool.

Norwich University of the Arts

The ethos of a specialist academic culture underpins Norwich University of the Art‘s strategy for research, which focuses on generating new forms of creative practice informed by critical and cultural perspectives. NUA works with Universities, museums, galleries, and creative and cultural industries throughout the world, seeking to explore new ways in which art, design and media practice, interpretation and curation contribute to contemporary culture, society and public well-being. Research produced by NUA staff, students and collaborators interrogates the contexts in which art, design and media are produced, understood, used, exchanged and sustained, setting out to challenge conventions, provide new insights and develop original applications. Visit the Norwich University of the Arts website

Plymouth College of Art

Plymouth College of Art’s (PCA) philosophy for research is grounded in the institution’s distinctive mission and purpose as a specialist provider of education in art, craft, design and media. It reflects PCA’s beliefs in the value of creative practice and the centrality of the principle of thinking through making. It also reflects a commitment to promote innovation, intellectual curiosity, entrepreneurship and creativity, adding value to the cultural, social and economic life of Plymouth and the South West region, and contributing positively to broader national and international cultural and economic agendas. PCA strongly encourage and support links between research and pedagogy and between research and professional practice, and thinking through making radiates through all communities of practice – fine artists, makers, designers and creative media producers. Visit the Plymouth College of Art website

Ravensbourne University London

Ravensbourne’s practice-based research also supports investigation into the industrial and cultural contexts, and impacts and value of emerging technologies. We are particularly interested in the aesthetics and uses of technologies which have relevance to the Creative Industries. We are committed to improving the affordances of emerging technologies, and particularly foreground knowledge exchange between industry and the Academy. Researchers at Ravensbourne are likely to draw from ethnography, creative methods, action research, textual analysis, and production and audience studies. We are as likely to work with large organisations (Barclays, Marks and Spencer, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the BBC) as with Small to Medium-sized Enterprises who may be more associated with newer economic structures and production ecologies. We are also involved in policy-making and standard-setting. Visit the Ravensbourne University London website

Regent College London

Regent College London


At Regent College London, we have been delivering flexible and accessible education successfully for over 20 years, and are now in our tenth year of providing higher education courses.


We have built a reputation on well-qualified and experienced staff, small class sizes, and excellent student support and facilities. This allows our students to flourish and succeed – whether it is to build their careers or go on to further study. We have five campuses in Central London, Harrow, Kingsbury, Southall and Wembley.


We are dedicated to widening access to higher education for all prospective students and are recognised for our success in attracting applications from under-represented groups, those who are returning to education to gain new or higher level skills, and those with varying levels of past academic success.


We are able to work very effectively with students of all abilities to improve their prospects and carry them forward into achieving their academic aspirations, forge successful careers or start their own businesses.


Range of career-focused courses:

  • Business Management
  • Business Entrepreneurship
  • Health and Social Care / Social Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Computing
  • Accountancy
  • Software Engineering


Our range of fully accredited, industry-focused HND, Foundation Year degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees and Top-up degrees are designed with both professional and personal success in mind. All our courses are developed in close involvement with industry experts ensuring that you develop the knowledge and skills employers are looking for. 


Academic partnerships

Each of the Foundation Year Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees and Top-Up Degrees offered at Regent College London is franchised and awarded by one of our partner institutions – Buckinghamshire New University, University of Bolton and the University of Northampton respectively.

Rose Bruford College

Set in beautiful, protected parkland, just 25 minutes by train from the heart of London’s West End, the Rose Bruford College campus clusters around the Grade II listed Lamorbey House and grounds with modern, purpose-built facilities, including a 330-seat theatre-in-the-round, a 100-seat flexible theatre, two black box studio theatres, spacious rehearsal rooms, recording studios, computer laboratories, design and production workshops, a unique drama library and well-equipped study areas and a café-bar.

Royal Agricultural University

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is the oldest agricultural college (1845) in the English-speaking world, but also the newest, gaining university title in 2013; until 2000 it was outside the public sector. The RAU was founded with the express aim of delivering what is now termed translational research in a period of rapid scientific and technological developments. It is one of the smallest universities in the UK but has doubled in size during this REF period from ~600 students in 2007 to over 1100 in 2013. Increased size and natural turnover has enabled growth in academic staff during the latter part of this period, allowing realisation of the strategic plan to recruit research active staff to increase research capacity. Growth and level of research activity needs to be set within this transition. Historically the focus has been on teaching but research is also core to the mission, growth and development of the university. Visit the Royal Agricultural University website

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Research@Central concerns itself with the ways in which theatre is made, analysed and documented across a range of contexts and environments. Professor Maria Delgado, Director of Research, introduces Research@Central: As a constituent College of the University of London, Central supports a dynamic research community of staff and postgraduate research students (PGRS). We have recognised expertise in the areas of acting and actor-training; applied and social theatre; directing, directors, scenography and design; and cultural histories of performance. Crucially, much of this research operates at the intersection with industry and is realised with partners from a range of sectors, including theatres, film bodies, local authorities, NGOs, charities, cultural festivals, and the museum sector. Visit the The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama website

SAE Institute

Delivering creative media courses since 1976. SAE Institute offers courses in Sound / Audio Engineering, Music Production, Digital Filmmaking, Web Development, 3D Interactive Animation and Games Programming.

Southampton Solent University

Research at Southampton Solent is applicable to the public and private sectors including the maritime industry, voluntary services, sport, health, education, the creative industries and society. It seeks to contribute to the many different debates and issues that we are facing within a knowledge-based economy and fast changing global environment. Our research and enterprise activities inform change and have visible impact, in local, national and international arenas. Research clusters and groups We are keen to encourage colleagues to work collaboratively, perhaps to accelerate development or to address emerging challenges. The diversity of our research clusters and groups underpins a rich array of research at Southampton Solent University. Our activities lead to important developments in key sectors, and our researchers are keen to build relationships with businesses and the community. Visit the Southampton Solent University website

St. Mary’s University College Belfast

St Mary’s is a Catholic Higher Education Institution which specialises in the education of teachers and also offers a Liberal Arts degree programme. The academic community works within a framework of religious, academic, civic and professional values and seeks to facilitate the integration of Christian faith and learning.

St Mary’s University, Twickenham

St Mary’s has an established culture of research and scholarship, concentrated in hubs of excellence within research centres and at discipline level in Academic Schools. Research at St Mary’s is valued, encouraged and supported; undertaking research and scholarship is an integral part of academic life here. Many of our academics have extensive networks and professional groups nationally and overseas, which offer opportunities for collaborative working, joint grant applications and access to a wide range of resources and expertise. We welcome visiting scholars from around the world as part of our research community. Visit the St Mary’s University, Twickenham website

The University of Law

The University of Law is the UK’s longest established specialist provider of legal education, with its origins tracing back to 1876. With courses for undergraduates, postgraduates and qualified lawyers, we focus on developing the best legal minds. We believe that students should learn in a realistic, professional and contemporary context. We work with law firms, law schools and professional bodies around the world, creating strategic alliances to develop the lawyers of the future.


UCFB are dedicated to the delivery of undergraduate degree courses in the operational and business facets of the football and sports industries.

University College Birmingham

University College Birmingham is based in Birmingham City Centre, with over 8,000 students on Higher Education, Postgraduate and Further Education programmes including 1100 international students from 65 countries.

University College of Estate Management

University College of Estate Management (UCEM) is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment, with over 95 years’ experience of providing the highest quality learning opportunities. UCEM has more than 3,500 students from more than 100 countries benefiting from its qualifications taught by tutors with extensive industry experience. The university college is the largest provider of Degree Apprenticeships within the Built Environment and works with more than 120 employers to deliver their apprenticeship training needs to more than 650 apprentices.

University College of Osteopathy

The University College of Osteopathy is the largest and oldest school of osteopathy in the UK; founded in 1917 it is respected throughout the world for providing high-quality, innovative and modern osteopathic education.

University for the Creative Arts

As a specialist institution, UCA is committed to creative practice and understands research and enquiry to be at the heart of lifelong practice-led pedagogies in the creative arts. UCA researchers represent a broad range of practice as artists, designers, architects, filmmakers, photographers, historians, theorists and curators. Their research leads to the creation of buildings, artworks, installations, books, articles, ceramics, exhibitions, textiles, reports, films, photographs and moving image, and as such they offer a broad understanding of art and design that reaches into allied areas of the media, communication and the built environment. Visit the University for the Creative Arts website

University of Chichester

The University of Chichester aims to be a socially responsible university that is recognised internationally, significant nationally, important regionally and vital locally – not only in teaching and student experience, but also in research and in its diverse communities and the public, private and voluntary sectors. We aspire to be excellent in everything we do and in the services we offer. Undertaking a programme of postgraduate research at the University of Chichester provides you with a great opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in a subject area that you are passionate about. Together with an experienced supervisory team, you can define your own programme of study in addition to developing transferable skills that equip you for your future career in research and beyond. Visit the University of Chichester website

University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria operates from three main campuses and various other locations across Cumbria and Tower Hamlets, London. The University was created in 2007 and has a strong background in practical disciplines such as those in Health, Education, applied sciences and the Arts. A sense of place is very important to the University and this influences the research which is undertaken here in terms of the local, national and international perspectives adopted. Visit the University of Cumbria website

University of St Mark and St John

The University of St Mark & St John in Plymouth undertakes research with impact and relevance to society and the economy. The focus of research is upon health and wealth generation. Research addresses economic growth and social mobility through sector-specific agendas in education, health, physical activity, sport, tourism, communication and the creative arts. The university’s approach is based upon the principles of smart specialisation, bringing together subject knowledge, specialist research and sector priorities to create greater social and economic impact. Visit the University of St Mark and St John website

University of Suffolk

The University of Suffolk offers an attractive portfolio of courses within the Faculty of Arts, Business and Applied Social Science and the Faculty of Health and Science. Degrees range from Foundation, Honours and Postgraduate, to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. The University is a new kind of institution – one that allows you to access the knowledge and resources of a range of partners throughout Suffolk and beyond, and the wider community.

The University of Winchester

The University of Winchester is a values-driven institution that offers excellent programmes of study sustained by teaching and research of the highest quality. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise no less than 75% of our research was deemed to be of international standard or above. The quality of our research led Times Higher Education to describe us as a ‘rising star’ of university research.

University of Worcester

The University of Worcester is committed to producing high quality research with impact across all its subject areas and expect and support our academic staff to engage in research and knowledge transfer. At the same time, the institution wishes to develop and enhance areas of national and international excellence through its  Research Centres and Groups. The University has a strong focus on applied research, reflecting the professional and practice-based strengths of several of its academic Institutes and Research Centres; research which, through its application, will have significant impacts on the practice of teachers, health professionals, coaches, managers and artists. Visit the University of Worcester website

Writtle University College

Writtle University College has been established since 1893 providing services to agriculture and the land based sectors. The University College has a tradition of successful Postgraduate Research Students that have graduated with studies focusing on land-based, environmental, animal science and art and design. The University College can offer a number of exciting bespoke postgraduate research degrees tailored to individuals’ needs and interests. Visit the Writtle University College website

York St John University

The academic strategy at York St John University promotes interdisciplinary research and aims to develop critical mass in areas of research strength in  each of its four disciplines. The key aims of the institution are to attract increasing numbers of PhD students, research-active staff and external research funding to develop a research culture which will secure a national and, ultimately, an international research reputation. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), thirty per cent of York St John University’s submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Visit the York St John University website