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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 to 2018.​

​​​​​Annual report and accounts​

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

Sir Michael Barber gives speech at Universities UK

23 June 2017
The incoming chair of the Office for Students (OfS), has given his maiden speech today at Universities UK.

Around a half of students now see themselves as customers of their university – new ComRes survey

21 June 2017
Universities UK has published a survey by ComRes to try to understand how students currently perceive their relationship with their university and how this compares with other sectors.