An article from Times Higher Education discussing a report from University Alliance suggesting that public support is highest for applied degrees, also backing increased university support for NHS.


Universities should prioritise training doctors, nurses and other professionally qualified graduates in the aftermath of Covid-19, according to a new poll of public attitudes.

In a survey of 1,003 UK adults conducted by Public First for the University Alliance, which represents universities focused on technical or professional education, some 62 per cent of respondents say it is “very important” for universities to focus on applied subjects that led to professionally qualified graduates, such as doctors, nurses, social workers, accountants or engineers.

This contrasts with 50 per cent for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, 24 per cent for social sciences, 13 per cent for languages and 12 per cent for the arts, according to the poll published on 10 June.

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