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Universities UK sets out priorities for next government


Securing an effective post-Brexit settlement for universities and introducing a new immigration system that welcomes international students and staff are among two areas that universities would like politicians to address in their manifestos before next month's general election.

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:

  1. Securing an effective post-Brexit settlement for universities
  2. Supporting universities in their role as anchors for growth in local economies
  3. Increasing funding for science, research and innovation to match our competitors
  4. Supporting world-leading teaching, student experience and improving outcomes
  5. An effective immigration system

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."


  1. General election 2017: How can a new government support universities to deliver growth and improve outcomes? is available to download at the Universities UK website.

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