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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.

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Parliamentary briefing: Proposed statutory guidance relating to events on university campuses

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29 May 2015
We expect that regulations will be laid to enforce a duty on universities by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

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Parliamentary briefing: Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill – House of Lords Committee Stage

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4 February 2015
This briefing covers a number of amendments to Part 5 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill which have been tabled for debate at Committee Stage in the House of Lords.

Update from Universities UK’s Student Funding Panel – emerging issues

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6 January 2015
This paper by Universities UK's Student Funding Panel highlights the issues and questions emerging from the panel’s work so far.

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Parliamentary briefing: Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill – Committee Stage

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12 December 2014
Universities UK’s briefing for MPs for the Committee Stage of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill.

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Parliamentary briefing: Immigration Bill - Lords’ Second Reading

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10 February 2014
Universities UK is concerned about provisions in the Immigration Bill.

Parliamentary briefing: Immigration Bill - Commons’ Report Stage and Third Reading

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31 January 2014
Universities UK’s briefing for MPs for the Report Stage and Third Reading of the Immigration Bill.

Parliamentary briefing: Intellectual Property Bill – Committee Stage, House of Commons

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29 January 2014
Universities UK supports Clause 20 of the Intellectual Property Bill which provides a qualified exemption from Freedom of Information requests for pre-publication research.

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Universities UK submission to the 2013 Spending Round

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16 May 2013
Universities UK’s submission to the government’s 2013 Spending Round sets out why and how universities are critical to maintaining the UK’s economic competitiveness.

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Parliamentary briefing: Impact of current immigration policy on the attractiveness of United Kingdom universities to overseas students (Lord Giddens)

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30 October 2012
This briefing covers the topic of an Oral Question asked by Lord Giddens on the impact of immigration policy on the UK's ability to continue to attract overseas students to study at its universities.

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Parliamentary briefing: Oral Question – Benefits to the UK of ceasing to classify foreign university students as economic migrants (Lord Hannay of Chiswick)

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3 July 2012
This briefing covers the topic of an Oral Question asked by Lord Hannay of Chiswick, covering the potential benefits of removing students from the government's target to bring net migration to under 100,000.

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.