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Brexit and UK universities

We are working with our members, the university sector and government on the implications for universities and students of the UK's vote to leave the EU.

Inclusion, equality and diversity

We support and promote life-changing opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds at every university.
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Immigration

We want to see an immigration system that helps universities to attract genuine international students and highly skilled staff to study and work in the UK.
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Innovation, growth and skills

Universities are vital in supporting business and communities, promoting local and national economic growth and innovation, and supplying highly skilled and employable graduates.

Regulation of higher education

Effective regulation is essential to provide accountability for public funds, protect the interests of students and safeguard the reputation of UK higher education.
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Student experience

The UK’s universities want to provide students with a world-class education so that they can achieve their full potential.
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Research policy

Our universities lead the world in science and research, but government must invest more if we are to maximise the benefits to the economy, society and people's everyday lives.
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Funding

​A sustainable funding environment is essential for universities.
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Efficiency and value for money

​Universities across the UK are committed to delivering value for money for students, for government and for the wider public.​
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Professional education

Universities are committed to the renewal of the teaching profession through provision of excellent training programmes which produce the teachers our education system needs.
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Health

Universities train and educate the healthcare workforce and carry out research which improves the health of the nation and drives growth.
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Universities and counter-terrorism

​Universities have a role to play in the prevention of terrorism and violent extremism. But they must also be allowed to balance this against their duty to promote freedom of speech within the law.
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Pensions

Universities UK is the employer representative for all employers in the Universities Superannuation Scheme and provides them with information and support on pensions policy.
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Internationalisation

We want to support the development of UK universities’ influence on the world stage, and ensure that the UK higher education sector remains competitive by international standards.

Blog

How do visa applications relate to student numbers?

23 February 2017
Eleanor Jubb, Policy Analyst at Universities UK, analyses the latest data on net migration and student visa applications.

Course changes and consumer rights

22 February 2017
William Hammonds, Programme Manager at Universities UK, discusses the challenges facing universities when changes are made to courses.

News

Response to minister’s plans for higher education reform

24 February 2017
UUK response to plans by the minister to make further reforms to the higher education system in England. They include proposals to encourage more universities to offer fast-track, two-year degrees.

Response to calls for tougher action to tackle plagiarism

21 February 2017
Universities UK has responded to the government's calls for tougher action to tackle plagiarism and academic misconduct. The Universities Minister Jo Johnson is calling for new guidance aimed at universities and information for students.