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Why invest in universities?


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Universities are essential for the UK's modern knowledge economy. The UK has a university sector that many other countries aspire to emulate.

Our academics are world leaders in research and innovation, our graduates are in demand worldwide, and our universities attract business and investment to all regions of the UK. 

However, in the absence of sufficient and sustained investment, the UK’s research base and university sector will fall behind key competitors. As the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review approaches, there remain a number of major financial challenges that must be overcome.

This publication highlights the powerful and positive contribution universities make to the economy, to society and to individuals – through, among other things, their world-leading research, their work with business and employers, and by helping students develop the skills they and the economy need. As the government’s latest spending review approaches, it sets out universities’ priorities and how government can support them.

 

The team

Emily Darian

Emily Darian

Policy Researcher
Universities UK

William Hammonds

William Hammonds

Programme Manager
Universities UK

Max Hastings

Max Hastings

Policy Researcher
Universities UK

News


Response to Labour policy on tuition fees

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If the current tuition fee and income-contingent loan repayment system in England were to be scrapped, the gap would need to be met in full from other sources of public finance.

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What do students want from their university?

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Emily Darian highlights key findings in today's new report – Education, consumer rights and maintaining trust: what students want from their university.

What does the Longitudinal Education Outcomes data tell us?

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William Hammonds, Programme Manager at Universities UK, discusses what we can learn from new Longitudinal Education Outcomes data.

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Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, sets out the facts on student participation and disadvantage.