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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: Immigration Bill 2015 – Second Reading

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12 October 2015
This briefing requests that parliamentarians ask whether there are plans to exempt those recruiting from overseas to posts which are significantly concerned with education and skills training from the immigration skills charge.

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Universities UK submission to the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review

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7 September 2015
Universities, government and employers are encouraged to develop degree apprenticeships in this report published during National Apprenticeship Week 2016.

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Parliamentary briefing: Westminster Hall Debate – Science and research in the UK and regional economies

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23 June 2015
This briefing sets out the economic benefits of investment in science and research and the role of public investment within this.

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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.

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.