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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.
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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

Acting locally: universities reconnecting with communities

24 March 2017
Universities UK's Greg Wade looks at how the Leading Places scheme is helping universities play a direct role in local decisions and government.

Funders and universities must work together to build international partnerships

15 March 2017
Ahead of UUK's International Higher Education Forum, Ed Whiting from Wellcome Trust discusses the importance of global research partnerships.

News

Report predicts significant increase in the number of degree apprenticeships

9 March 2017
A report today from Universities UK is predicting a significant increase in the number of people opting for degree apprenticeships in England.

International students now worth £25 billion to UK economy - new research

6 March 2017
International students coming to the UK to study now generate more than £25 billion for the economy and provide a significant boost to regional jobs and local businesses - new figures

Events