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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Why I chose the degree apprenticeship route

7 March 2017
Nadia Johnson, Degree Apprentice and finalist in the Young Women Engineer of the Year Awards 2016, explains why she loves the route she has chosen.

Gone International – the benefits of students volunteering, working or studying abroad

2 March 2017
Rosalind Lowe, Policy Researcher at Universities UK, analyses findings from UUKi's report Gone International: mobility works.

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.

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