Our universities train and educate tens of thousands of healthcare professionals every year, including nurses, doctors and midwives.
University-based health researchers are responsible for some of the most important global innovations, saving lives, and improving the health of our communities.
Universities also have an important role to play in the health and wellbeing of their own communities of students and staff.
Our main areas of focus include:
delivery of the recent health professional education reforms
health research funding and governance
supporting student health and wellbeing at universities
This work is overseen by our Health Education and Research Policy Network, chaired by Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the West of England.
We support research and innovation through our Health Research Networks:
We work with the following associated organisations to support and promote the role of UK higher education in health:
The Association of UK University Hospitals, which represents the interests of UK university hospitals
Council of Deans of Health, which represents UK university health faculties providing education and research for healthcare professionals
Council of Healthcare Science in Higher Education, which is the voice and single point of contact for academic healthcare science
Dental Schools Council, which represents the interests of UK dental schools
Medical Schools Council, which represents the interests of UK medical schools
Pharmacy Schools Council, which represents the UK schools of pharmacy
Working with the Council of Deans of Health, we are committed to the delivery of the 2017 funding reforms to nursing, midwifery and allied health professional education programmes. The changes affect 30,000 new students every year across more than 60 of our member institutions. The changes bring opportunities to better meet the needs of students and universities as well as the future workforce requirements of health and social care.
We conduct analysis of the health research funding landscape and are involved in the final development of the Accelerated Access Review. In addition, we work with the Health Research Authority and the Health & Social Care Information Centre to improve health research governance and data arrangements.
Universities have an important role to play in the health and wellbeing of staff and students. The Universities UK Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education group has produced a good practice guide, and works with sector bodies including the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Academic Registrars Council and AMOSSHE, the Student Services Organisation, to develop sector-led initiatives to student and staff health and wellbeing issues.