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Report of the review group on UK higher education sector agencies

UK higher education has a global reputation for excellence, and sector agencies have played an important role in supporting universities to deliver world-class teaching, learning and research.

However, changes in the policy, funding and operating environment made it timely to review the current framework of agencies, and to consider how they might best meet the needs of universities and other stakeholders in the future.

This report sets out the findings and recommendations of the review of the UK higher education sector agencies landscape, launched in March 2016 by Universities UK and GuildHE. It sets out the background and context to the review, providing a concise overview of the landscape as it appeared to the review group, the issues confronting agencies and the concerns emerging from university leaders.

 The review group met five times and an extensive programme of engagement with stakeholders was carried out over the course of the review, particularly with the sector agencies themselves.

The group believes that the framework of recommendations set out in this report will create a more robust and effective sector agency landscape which meets the needs of its users.