We are working closely with government, the funding bodies and the Quality Assurance Agency to make sure regulation and quality assurance continues to be effective now and into the future. We work with the national funding bodies to ensure there is a consistent approach to quality assessment across the UK.
Our current areas of focus include the government's Higher Education White
Paper and the related Higher
Education and Research Bill. The bill includes proposals for the establishment of an Office for Students, the Teaching Excellence Framework,
and the entry of new providers into the higher education 'market'.
UK higher education is a global success story. It generates £27.9 billion in revenue, employs over 262,700 staff and has over two million students. There are nearly 200 universities with degree awarding powers, most of which are members of Universities UK. These universities range from small specialists to large multi-faculty institutions, each with their own distinctive strengths and missions. The success of UK higher education is founded on the diversity and autonomy of its universities.
We also co-convene, with GuildHE, a group responsible for negotiating copyright licences on behalf of the higher education sector.