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
supporting student health and wellbeing at universities
This work is overseen by our Health Education and Research Policy Network, chaired by Professor Steve West CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the West of England.
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
Health Services Research (HSR) UK, which brings together those who produce and use evidence to improve healthcare services
Medical Schools Council, which represents the interests of UK medical schools
NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Partnership Programme, partnerships between universities and NHS trusts, which carry out applied research and capacity development
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.
Universities have an important role to play in the health and wellbeing of staff and students. Universities UK has launched a programme
of work to help improve mental health for Higher Education populations. The
Mental Health in Higher Education group is working in partnership with Public
Health England, the Higher
Education Funding Council for England, expert voices from
student services and activist charities such as Student
Minds and it
is chaired by Professor Steven West CBE.