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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.

Consultation response front cover

Response to the UK funding councils consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework

Consultations and responses
23 March 2017
We welcome the recognition by the funders that the Research Excellence Framework's (REF) primary focus is identifying research excellence, and is not intended to become an audit of all research produced in UK universities.

HERB – Lords second reading

Parliamentary briefing: Ensuring sufficiency of supply in trainee teachers in England

Briefing
20 March 2017
Briefing for parliamentarians setting out the important role universities play in the training of new teachers, with recommendations about how to address some current issues with teacher recruitment, retention and professional development.

Universities UK response to the Office for Students consultation on registration fees and other fees

14 March 2017
A fee-based approach to OfS funding will be an opportunity to strengthen accountability to the sector. However, as the costs of the OfS will also indirectly fall on students, fees and funding should be value for money, sustainable and proportionate.

Lord Hannay briefing front cover

Parliamentary briefing: Lord Hannay amendment to the Higher Education and Research Bill

Briefing
10 March 2017
Our briefing ahead of the Report Stage sitting of the Higher Education and Research Bill, that will debate an amendment led by Lord Hannay regarding international students and staff.

HERB – Lords second reading

The economic impact of international students

Briefing
6 March 2017
This briefing outlines new figures for 2014–15 on the economic impact of international students studying in the UK, including the jobs generated at a regional level and the income they provide local businesses.

UUK-GuildHE letter to peers on Higher Education and Research Bill ahead of Report stage

2 March 2017
The president of UUK and chair of GuildHE have written to members of the House of Lords during Committee stage of the Higher Education and Research Bill.

HERB – Lords second reading

Response to minister's plans for higher education reform

Briefing
24 February 2017
Universities UK welcomes government amendments to the Higher Education and Research Bill.

UUK-GuildHE letter to peers on Higher Education and Research Bill priorities

19 January 2017
The president of UUK and chair of GuildHE have written to members of the House of Lords during Committee stage of the Higher Education and Research Bill.

Parliamentary briefing: Exiting the EU and science and research – general debate 19 December 2016

Briefing
20 December 2016
Only with the right support and investment from the government – through a combination of securing the best deal from the exit negotiations and domestic policy change – will universities thrive outside the European Union.

Universities UK response to government consultation on part-time undergraduate maintenance loans

17 December 2016
We welcome the proposed introduction of part-time undergraduate maintenance loans, and the positive direction of travel that they represent in relation to government policy towards part-time study.

Blogs

What next for the Teaching Excellence Framework?

3 February 2017
William Hammonds, Programme Manager at Universities UK, outlines the current challenges surrounding the Teaching Excellence Framework.

The industrial strategy and universities

23 January 2017
Julie Tam, Assistant Director of Policy at Universities UK, outlines the opportunities for universities in relation to the new industrial strategy.

News

Response to Lords Higher Education Bill vote

10 January 2017
Universities UK response to the vote on the Higher Education and Research Bill in the House of Lords committee stage

Universities UK response to government Teaching Excellence Framework plans

29 September 2016
Government has published details today of how universities will be rated under the second year of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Response to Prime Minister’s education and tuition fees proposals

9 September 2016
Universities UK response to education reforms announced by the Prime Minister Theresa May. The proposals include plans that would require universities in England wanting to charge annual tuition fees of £6,000 or more to sponsor a school.