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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.

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.

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Universities UK response to government consultation on postgraduate doctoral loans

Consultations and responses
17 December 2016
We welcome the introduction of postgraduate doctoral loans, but have points to raise concerning their design and implementation.

Universities UK’s response to the government consultation, 'Schools that work for everyone'

12 December 2016
We support the government’s wish to raise standards and attainment in the school system and in doing so improve social mobility. This can be achieved through a number of partnership and engagement mechanisms with schools.

HERB – Lords second reading

Parliamentary briefing: Higher Education and Research Bill – House of Lords Second Reading

Briefing
30 November 2016
Briefing for the Second Reading in the House of Lords of the Higher Education and Research Bill, highlighting seven areas where Universities UK believes amendments are required​.

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Parliamentary briefing: the effect of exiting the EU on higher education

Briefing
22 November 2016
Our five key recommendations designed to ensure the continued success of the UK university sector following Brexit.

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Parliamentary briefing: House of Commons Report Stage and Third Reading – Higher Education and Research Bill

Briefing
17 November 2016
While Universities UK is supportive of new legislation in principle, our members still have significant concerns about many aspects of the bill which have remained unchanged during the Commons stages so far.

Parliamentary briefing: International students and immigration

Briefing
11 November 2016
This briefing provides information about international students and immigration policy, including the latest trends in international student recruitment.

Parliamentary briefing: The role of universities in sustaining an industrial strategy for the UK

Briefing
20 October 2016
Universities have a crucial role to play in driving an industrial strategy and future economic growth for the UK.

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.