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Our work in parliament – overview

Universities UK works on behalf of its members to maintain strong relationships with political parties in parliament and to influence policy change.

Our work includes:

  • lobbying to make sure that government and party policies are beneficial for universities

  • maintaining good contacts with key MPs, peers, advisers and researchers

  • submitt​ing written evidence to select committees

  • producing briefings for MPs to inform debates in both Houses

  • hosting regular and timely events to update parliamentarians on key higher education issues

We also support our members by briefing them ahead of meetings with parliamentarians and advise on opportunities to speak directly to MPs on issues that concern them.

Our current priorities include:

Universities UK also provides the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary University Group.​

Blogs

Election 2017: what the manifestos say on higher education

19 May 2017
Mark Condren, Political Affairs Officer at Universities UK, outlines the most significant higher education commitments made by the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats.

What next for the Teaching Excellence Framework?

3 February 2017
William Hammonds, Programme Manager at Universities UK, outlines the current challenges surrounding the Teaching Excellence Framework.

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.