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​Universities UK is the voice of universities, helping to maintain the world-leading strength of the UK university sector and supporting our members to achieve their aims and objectives. 

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What we do

Universities UK is the voice of universities, helping to maintain the world-leading strength of the UK university sector and supporting our members to achieve their aims and objectives.
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Who we are

Who we represent, our senior team, and our policymaking and governance structures.
Graduation ceremony

Our members

Our members are the vice-chancellors or principals (executive heads) of universities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Woburn House

Working for Universities UK

We offer great opportunities for people interested in working in a membership organisation for the higher education sector.
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Universities UK International

Universities UK International promotes and represents UK universities abroad.

Woburn House Conference Centre

Universities UK is based at Woburn House, Tavistock Square which is also the home of Woburn House Conference Centre, a suite of eight spaces suitable for a range of events from meetings to conferences and dinners.

Partnerships and associated organisations

We work with many other organisations to support and promote the UK higher education sector.
Universities Wales

Universities Wales

​Universities Wales represents the interests of higher education institutions in Wales and is a National Council of Universities UK.
Universities Scotland

Universities Scotland

Universities Scotland is the national council in Scotland of Universities UK.
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​​Our history

Universities UK’s roots lie in the 19th century when meetings took place with vice-chancellors of universities and principals of university colleges.

Blog

You say stability, I say stagnation

11 January 2018
UUK's Eleanor Jubb looks at the latest data on the number of international students choosing to study in the UK.

Government’s industrial strategy – a good opportunity for universities

27 November 2017
Universities UK's Julie Tam looks at the UK government's new industrial strategy and highlights a number of opportunities for universities.

News

New study highlights net impact of international students

11 January 2018
New analysis – carried out by London Economics – shows the benefits of international students are ten times greater than the costs and are worth £310 per UK resident.

Committee of University Chairs consultation on senior staff pay

9 January 2018
Universities UK's response to CUC consultation on senior staff pay.