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Universities UK response to government changes

Universities UK has commented on the new government changes that will see the Department for Education taking over responsibility for higher education in England.

Dame Julia Goodfellow, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent, said: “Moving higher education and skills in to the Department for Education provides benefits in terms of making the valuable link between schools, universities and skills. We will, however, need to know how science and research links within this new structure. Teaching, research and local partnerships are core to what universities do, so it is important that this is recognised in the structure of departments.

“Our higher education sector is also one of the UK's most successful sectors internationally, generating over £10bn of export earnings for the UK. It is vital that, across all government departments, higher education exports, increasing international partnerships and attracting qualified international students and staff, are top priorities.”


  1. Universities UK is the representative organisation for the UK’s universities. Founded in 1918, its mission is to be the definitive voice for all universities in the UK, providing high quality leadership and support to its members to promote a successful and diverse higher education sector. With 133 members and offices in London, Cardiff (Universities Wales) and Edinburgh (Universities Scotland), it promotes the strength and success of UK universities nationally and internationally. Visit: www.universitiesuk.ac.uk

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