As the main political parties finalise their manifesto commitments, Universities UK is urging politicians to take into consideration a number of priorities when forming their policies on higher education.
Universities UK has identified five priorities for the next government:
While Universities UK's priorities are outlined for the whole of the UK, some of the issues are devolved matters and will require devolved solutions.
Dame Julia Goodfellow, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent, said: "There are a number of key election issues that will have a direct impact on universities. In particular, Brexit and immigration policy. It is important that the voice of universities is heard in this debate.
"Ahead of the election, Universities UK is asking all political parties to adopt policies that help universities to continue to boost the economy, jobs, skills, research and improve social mobility.
"The vote to leave the European Union and the general election present an unparalleled opportunity to re-think the UK's immigration system. If we are to keep up with competitor countries, we need a new system that welcomes international students and staff and promotes the UK as one of the best places in the world for higher education and research."