Home > About us > What we do

What we do

Graduation girls hugging

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 to 2018.​

​​​​​Annual report and accounts​

Our annual report and consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2016​ (PDF)

Universities UK response to Office for Fair Access annual summary of institutions' access agreements

23 August 2017
Universities are working to better identify what support has the most impact and ensure that interventions are built on a strong evidence-based approach to boost social mobility.

Universities UK comment ahead of A level results day

16 August 2017
There is still a great demand for university places and the proportions of 18-year-olds in the UK applying for university are at their highest ever levels.

National Student Survey shows high level of satisfaction

9 August 2017
Universities UK has responded to the results of the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS) which show high levels of student satisfaction and engagement.