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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
  • Highlighting the value of European Union membership

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 and consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2015​ (PDF)

People

Claire Pearce

Claire Pearce

Deputy Director of Operations
Universities UK

Jessica Pugh

Jessica Pugh

Head of Finance
Universities UK

Response to minister’s plans for higher education reform

24 February 2017
UUK response to plans by the minister to make further reforms to the higher education system in England. They include proposals to encourage more universities to offer fast-track, two-year degrees.

Response to calls for tougher action to tackle plagiarism

21 February 2017
Universities UK has responded to the government's calls for tougher action to tackle plagiarism and academic misconduct. The Universities Minister Jo Johnson is calling for new guidance aimed at universities and information for students.

Response to latest UCAS applicant figures

2 February 2017
Universities UK responded today to the latest UCAS applicant figures. They show that applicant numbers for UK students are down by 5% compared to last year, and down 7% for EU students.