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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 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.

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.

UUK submission to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee inquiry into the government's industrial strategy

18 October 2016
Universities have a crucial role to play in sustaining an industrial strategy for the UK. There is an important window of opportunity for government to enhance the role of universities through the use of targeted government funding.

Universities UK submission to the Autumn Statement

7 October 2016
Universities UK’s submission to the 2016 Autumn Statement sets out how universities can play a crucial role in an industrial strategy for the UK.

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Universities UK submission to the Higher Education and Research Bill Committee

Response statements
25 August 2016
Universities UK’s initial evidence to the Higher Education and Research Bill Committee, which sets out our priorities to amend and improve the bill. We will be giving oral evidence at the first session of the committee on 6 September 2016.

Higher Education and Research Bill: Second Reading

Briefing
19 July 2016
Universities UK’s briefing for MPs ahead of the Second Reading debate on 19 July 2016. ​​​

Universities UK response to the Teaching Excellence Framework technical consultation for year two

12 July 2016
Universities UK welcomes the government’s commitment to encouraging excellent practice in teaching and learning through the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework. Here we set out a number of areas where we recommend further consideration.

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Parliamentary briefing: key issues for universities resulting from the vote to leave the EU

Briefing
4 July 2016
The latest parliamentary briefing from Universities UK, detailing the key issues for universities following the outcome of the EU referendum.

Briefing: Revised operating model for quality assessment

Briefing
23 March 2016
Universities UK broadly supports the new risk-based approach to external oversight. It should enable resources in the system to be focused more effectively where they are needed.

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

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.

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.