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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 response to the review of post-18 education and funding call for evidence

Consultations and responses
3 May 2018
Universities UK's submission to the government's review of post-18 education and funding, which includes a call for more targeted information to prospective students on the costs and benefits of higher education.

Parliamentary briefing: funding for higher education

Briefing
20 April 2018
A briefing outlining the government's review of post-18 education and funding, and the contribution of the UK's universities to the economy and society.

Universities UK response to 'Transforming children and young people's mental health provision: a Green Paper'

Consultations and responses
15 March 2018
The government's green paper​ has provided an important opportunity to transform children and young people’s mental health, and universities will be at the forefront.

Parliamentary briefing: Universities Superannuation Scheme

Briefing
22 February 2018
​A briefing for parliamentarians on recent negotiations related to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), explaining why changes to the scheme are needed and what the proposals mean for any of their constituents affected.

T-level consultation response

Universities UK response to T-level consultation

Consultations and responses
16 February 2018
Universities UK is supportive of the government’s reforms to technical education, but holds concerns over the extent to which T-levels will prepare students for higher education​.

Universities UK response to ‘securing student success’

Universities UK response to ‘securing student success’

Consultations and responses
21 December 2017
Universities UK's response to the government's consultations on behalf of the Office for Students regarding the regulation of the higher education sector.

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 inquiry 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.

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

UUK response to Treasury Committee recommendations on government's major review of university funding

UUK response to recommendations on major review of university funding

18 February 2018
UUK responds to the Treasury Committee recommendations on the government’s major review of university funding

Appointment of new universities minister

9 January 2018
Universities UK responded today to the news that Sam Gyimah MP has been appointed universities minister for England in the Prime Minister's cabinet reshuffle.

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.