Home > Policy and analysis > Student experience

Student experience

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


UK universities enrol over 2 million students each year from the UK and around world, who study nearly 1,200 different subjects. In the 2015 National Student Survey 86% of students said they were happy with their courses. UK universities also consistently outperform their overseas counterparts in the International Student Barometer survey.

We aim to help universities to build on this success by:

  • ensuring the student recruitment system operates fairly and effectively to the benefit of all

  • helping the sector meet its responsibilities to current and prospective students in line with consumer rights standards

  • developing effective policy and practice that can continue to promote excellent teaching and learning

  • communicating the benefits of a university education and explaining what students can expect from their time at university through the media, events and political briefings

Supporting teaching and stu​dent choices​

We are working closely with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to support the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

We work with the Higher Education Funding Council for England on the information provided to students so that they can make well informed choices. We also work with UCAS on admissions policy.   ​

We host events and publish briefings on universities' duties under consumer rights law. We assess contemporary policy issues and debates and track trends in student recruitment.

This work is overseen by our Student Policy Network, chaired by Professor Cliff Allan, Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham City University.

Breaking down the barriers report cover

Research report: Promoting the UK doctorate: challenges and opportunities

Report
23 July 2009
The publication of this report coincides with news that the Government is expected to announce plans to develop a comprehensive policy for postgraduate study.

Breaking down the barriers report cover

Research report: Taught postgraduate students: market trends and opportunities

Report
7 May 2009
This report underlines the importance of the taught postgraduate market in the UK: this group now constitutes almost a fifth of all higher education students in the UK and has grown very rapidly over the past decade.

Breaking down the barriers report cover

Beyond the honours degree classification: The Burgess Group final report

Report
16 October 2007
This report considers the honours degree classification system, which measures a student’s performance on an undergraduate honours degree programme.

Breaking down the barriers report cover

Proposals for national arrangements for the use of academic credit in higher education in England

Report
13 December 2006
'Credit’ has an increasingly important role to play in recording student achievement and also for providing support for students and their progression both into and within the education system.

Blogs

What does the National Student Survey tell us this year?

9 August 2017
​The annual National Student Survey (NSS) results are out. This year is particularly interesting for three reasons, as UUK's Will Hammonds explains.

Why The Sunday Times is wrong on international student recruitment

7 August 2017
The accusations made that British A-level students are being 'discriminated' against simply don't stand up, writes UUK’s Jo Attwooll.

News

National Student Survey shows high level of satisfaction

9 August 2017
Universities UK has responded to the results of the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS) which show high levels of student satisfaction and engagement.

Universities UK response to Sunday Times article on international student recruitment

7 August 2017
International students are not given university places that would have otherwise have gone to home students. There is rightly no cap on the number of qualified students a university can recruit.

The team

Emily Darian

Emily Darian

Policy Researcher
Universities UK

William Hammonds

William Hammonds

Programme Manager
Universities UK

Eleanor Jubb

Eleanor Jubb

Policy Analyst
Universities UK

Fiona Waye

Fiona Waye

Senior Policy Lead - Inclusion, Equality and Diversity
Universities UK