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Member benefits

Universities UK supports its member institutions in the achievement of their individual aims and objectives by providing high quality leadership and promoting a successful and diverse higher education sector. 

As a fundamental principle, we acknowledge that the diversity and autonomy of the UK’s higher education sector are critical to its success.

In all our work we support the strength of higher education throughout the UK, whilst fostering national and regional differences in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England. UUK works on behalf of all its members in the UK and on behalf of English and Northern Irish members. Specific work on devolved issues is undertaken by Universities Scotland and Universities Wales for Scottish and Welsh members.

The principal benefits and services we offer to our members are as follows.

​​Policy development, analysis and research 

  • research, analysis and advice to inform policy positions, advocacy work and campaigns

  • input to major consultations and reviews which shape higher education policy

  • access to guidelines, toolkits, good practice and benchmarking material

​Advocacy and campaigns

  • advocacy and influencing to promote the interests of the sector

  • high profile campaigns to promote higher education

  • with Universities UK International, representing and promoting UK universities in Europe and internationally

Representing the sector, influencing, and media and political engagement
  •  ​access to networks and contacts across government and beyond

  • lobbying on behalf of the sector in parliament to influence debates and legislation relevant to higher education

  • influencing the media on a significant range of issues, often being the first port of call for journalists

  • influencing and campaigning through social media, including via UUK’s Twitter account of 50,000 followers

Provid​ing information and member-specific services

  • a regular members-only newsletter from the chief executive

  • three Members’ Meeting a year and an Annual Conference addressing strategic issues across the UK

  • high quality and timely information and advice, including legal, technical and best practice guidance

  • engagement with UUK task groups and policy networks which lead initiatives and advise on UUK policy development

  • a forum representing the interests of specialist institutions in membership of UUK

  • opportunities for new vice-chancellors to engage with the challenges of being new in post and to network

​Supporting sector infrastructure

  • ​engaging with sector agencies to support members’ interests, including appointing members to sector agency boards

Sector-wide negotiations and stakeholder engagement​

  • engagement with sector-wide negotiations that deliver efficiencies and savings including pensions reform, accounting standards, copyright, student accommodation, and rating revaluations

  • brokering international partnerships and scholarship programmes

  • strong links with sector networks including the funding and research councils, the Committee of University Chairs, and the National Union of Students

Providing sector services

  • ​hosting conferences, roundtables and seminars on topics of interest to the sector, including the annual International Higher Education Forum


Universities UK planning more talks with UCU to end pensions dispute

14 March 2018
Following the University and College Union’s (UCU) rejection of the proposals jointly agreed at ACAS this week, Universities UK is planning more, urgent talks with UCU to end the dispute.

UCU rejects proposals jointly agreed at ACAS

13 March 2018
UUK has expressed disappointment that the University and College Union (UCU) has rejected the proposals jointly agreed at Acas yesterday between UCU and Universities UK.​