Home > News and blog > Response to Lords Higher Education Bill vote

Response to Lords Higher Education Bill vote

Universities UK has responded to the House of Lords committee stage vote on the Higher Education and Research Bill.

Peers voted in favour of an opposition amendment which dealt with institutional autonomy and the definition of a university.

Dame Julia Goodfellow, President of Universities UK, said: “We agree with the government that we do need a bill, but we have concerns about it in its current form. In particular, there are concerns about risks to the independence and autonomy of universities and the potential for the secretary of state to intervene in areas such as academic standards and course funding.
 
“This first amendment to the bill in the Lords shows the strength of feeling on this issue. We hope the government listens to these concerns and amends the bill appropriately.
 
“There is, however, still a long way to go in the process, with more than 500 amendments tabled. We hope the House of Lords is able to amend and improve the bill over the coming months to transform it into the legislation our world-class higher education sector needs.”

 

Notes

  1. For more on the Higher Education and Research Bill and Universities UK position, see our blog post ahead of the Lords committee stage on 9 January

Key Contacts

Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

Media Relations Manager
Universities UK

Clara Plackett

Clara Plackett

Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK

Blog

Brighton rock and cough drops: UUK at the party conferences

5 October 2017
Mark Condren, UUK's Political Affairs Officer, highlights key points for universities in recent party conference speeches and fringe events.

Slimmed down Queen’s speech: anything for universities?

21 June 2017
Karmjit Kaur, Head of Political Affairs at Universities UK, discusses key points for the higher education sector in the Queen's speech.

News

Chief Executive-designate appointed to lead new HE sector agency

11 September 2017
Alison Johns has been appointed the Chief Executive-designate for a new higher education sector agency. The new agency will be formed in 2018.