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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.

Consultation front page

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.

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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​.

Parliamentary briefing front cover

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.

Universities UK written evidence to the Education Select Committee inquiry on Brexit

Briefing
15 November 2016
Leaving the EU poses some major challenges for the UK higher education system, but the right support and investment from government – both now and in the future – universities can still thrive.

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.

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.