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Parliamentary briefings and submissions

We produce parliamentary briefings on a range of subjects based on the current legislative programme, our policy priorities and campaigns.

These include briefings on the Higher Education Green Paper, immigration, freedom of speech, teacher training and devo​lution.

Universities UK submission to the House of Commons select committee inquiry into value for money in higher education

Consultations and responses
12 December 2017
Universities UK’s written evidence to the Education Select Committee, to inform its ongoing inquiry into value for money in higher education.

Office for Students regulatory framework consultation

Briefing
3 November 2017
This paper provides an overview of the Office for Students regulatory framework consultation and an initial assessment of priority areas.

Universities UK submission to the Economic Affairs Committee enquiry into tertiary education

31 October 2017
Universities UK submission to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee inquiry into the economics of higher education, further education and vocational training

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Universities UK’s response to HM Treasury’s consultation Financing Growth in Innovative Firms

Consultations and responses
25 September 2017
Our response to the HM Treasury consultation ‘Financing growth in innovative firms’. We support the review’s goal to catalyse patient capital as an asset class that offers risk adjusted returns to investors, and its recognition of university spinouts.

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Universities UK representation to the Autumn Budget 2017

Consultations and responses
25 September 2017
Universities UK’s submission to the 2017 Autumn Budget sets out the central role that UK universities have in the development of the government’s industrial strategy, particularly across the themes of skills, innovation and research, and place.

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Increasing stability and certainty for universities as the UK prepares to leave the EU

8 September 2017
A briefing outlining what the government must do to provide greater short- to medium-term stability and minimise the risk of a damaging ‘cliff-edge’ scenario as the UK exits the EU.

Parliamentary briefing: The undergraduate funding system in England

Briefing
7 September 2017
A briefing for parliamentarians highlighting some of the strengths of the current funding system for undergraduate teaching in England, with a number of recommendations about how the sector can work with government.

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Parliamentary briefing: raising attainment through university-school partnerships

27 July 2017
A briefing for parliamentarians outlining how universities work with schools to raise attainment and improve social mobility, with recommendations about how this work can be developed in the future according to local circumstances and need.

Parliamentary briefing: House of Commons debate on exiting the European Union and global trade

Briefing
6 July 2017
A briefing to outline ways in which future free trade agreements could impact the UK university sector, and provide initial recommendations for the government in upcoming negotiations.

Briefing: Implementation of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017

Briefing
9 June 2017
The legislation is primarily concerned with the creation of two new bodies to regulate and fund higher education providers: the Office for Students (OfS) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Blogs

Freedom of speech and the Office for Students

16 November 2017
UUK's William Hammonds discusses proposals on freedom of speech in the OfS consultation and the implications for universities.

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.

News

Europe’s university leaders call for urgent Brexit clarification

25 October 2017
​Leaders of European higher education bodies have signed a statement calling on governments across Europe to speed up Brexit negotiations so talks can begin over the future of European research, collaboration, and student mobility.

Response to Labour policy on tuition fees

22 May 2017
If the current tuition fee and income-contingent loan repayment system in England were to be scrapped, the gap would need to be met in full from other sources of public finance.

Universities UK response to Conservative manifesto

18 May 2017
Our response to the main university-related points in the Conservative Party manifesto for the general election.