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What we do

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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. 

We help to shape the higher education policy agenda, engaging directly with policy makers and other stakeholders. We maintain strong and proactive relationships with government, the private sector, the professions and sector agencies.

We believe that the diversity and autonomy of the UK's higher education sector is critical to its success. As such, we foster national and regional differences in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.

Our priorities

  • Promoting the impact and value of universities
  • Internationalisation and immigration
  • Influencing the future of research policy
  • Promoting the student experience
  • Driving innovation, skills and growth
  • Managing the impact on universities of Brexit

Strategic plan

Our strategic plan sets ​out the four aims that will underpin the work of Universities UK in the period 2013–​2018.​

​​​​​Annual report and accounts​

Our annual report and consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2017​ (PDF)​

Boards give green light for the new single sector agency

15 December 2017
The Boards of the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) have formally and unanimously resolved to merge.

National health and social care workforce strategy

14 December 2017
Universities UK has responded to the publication of Health Education England's draft national workforce strategy Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future, A health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027.

Response to government's new social mobility strategy

14 December 2017
Universities UK response to the launch of the government's new action plan for improving social mobility through education.