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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

Jamie Arrowsmith

Jamie Arrowsmith

Programme Manager
Universities UK

Emily Darian

Emily Darian

Policy Researcher
Universities UK

William Hammonds

William Hammonds

Programme Manager
Universities UK

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.

Blog

Course changes and consumer rights

22 February 2017
William Hammonds, Programme Manager at Universities UK, discusses the challenges facing universities when changes are made to courses.

Sexual abuse and harassment by university staff against students – further work to address the issue

3 February 2017
Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, discusses further work to be done to address sexual abuse and harassment by university staff against students.

Changes to higher education mean sector agencies must adapt

31 January 2017
Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, discusses recommendations from the sector agency review.