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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 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.

Training new teachers

Briefing
2 March 2016
Submission of written evidence from Universities UK to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee inquiry on ‘Training New Teachers’

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Briefing: English devolution

Briefing
28 January 2016
English devolution is a complex and evolving policy process, and universities should have a central role to play.

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Parliamentary briefing: Response to the Higher Education Green Paper

Briefing
19 January 2016
This briefing summarises Universities UK's response to the consultation on the Higher Education Green Paper, 'Fulfilling our potential: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice'.

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Response to the Higher Education Green Paper

Consultations and responses
15 January 2016
A response to the government green paper 'Fulfilling our potential: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice'.

Blogs

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.

Slimmed down Queen’s speech: anything for universities?

21 June 2017
Karmjit Kaur, Head of Political Affairs at Universities UK, discusses key points for the higher education sector in the Queen's speech.

News

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.

Universities UK sets out priorities for next government

4 May 2017
Universities UK sets out five priorities for next government ahead of next month's general election.