MillionPlus, formerly known as million+, the Campaign for Mainstream Universities, and the Coalition of Modern Universities (CMU), is a membership organisation, which aims to promote the role of “modern universities” in the UK higher education system; it describes itself as “The Association for Modern Universities in the UK”.[1][2][3] MillionPlus is not for profit and funded by subscriptions from its members, currently 23 UK universities.[4] While all of the member institutions are “new” universities, many have long histories as colleges and polytechnics.

Formation 1997; 24 years ago (1997)
Type Association of UK universities
  • United Kingdom
Rama Thirunamachandran
Chief Executive
Greg Walker

Formed in 1997 as the Coalition of Modern Universities, the name was changed in 2004 to the Campaign for Mainstream Universities. In November 2007, the organisation was rebranded to million+.[5] This name was chosen to reflect the fact that the member institutions educate over a million students.[2] In April 2016,[citation needed] the organisation rebranded again to MillionPlus.

MillionPlus is involved in the political debate about the role and contribution of universities to the economy and society, where it is seen as representing the post-1992 universities, known as ‘new’ or ‘modern’. As such, it is frequently quoted in the media on higher education topics, such as the Government’s green paper on higher education reform,[6][7] reform of the external examination system,[8] and the economic diversity of the student population.[9]

The group is chaired by Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University. The Chief Executive is Greg Walker.[10]

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