Universities UK International governance

​We are accountable to the UUK board, and UUK’s International Policy Network (IPN) advises and steers our work.

The IPN is chaired by UUK’s International Policy Lead and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Janet Beer.

The IPN comprises Vice-Chancellors and senior university leaders from across UUK’s membership and helps shape our thinking on increasing the international profile of UK universities across a range of issues. For instance, enhancing the competitiveness of UK higher education as an export industry, fostering greater international collaboration and partnerships, managing risks associated with international higher education, and facilitating international staff and student mobility to the UK.

In addition, Professor Beer chairs our International Strategic Advisory Board (ISAB) through which we are accountable to and receive advice from our funders.

The International Strategic Advisory Board:

  • provides strategic direction and share insights and intelligence on international higher education issues
  • advises on strategies to ensure buy-in from constituent parts of the UK
  • focuses the sector's engagement in the European higher education agenda and discuss and approve formal UK higher education positions on key European (including Bologna process) and European Commission issues and activities
  • discusses international higher education issues and stakeholder positions and consider appropriate sector-wide responses to them
  • discusses and determines our priorities

Funders can send one representative to each ISAB meeting, while Universities UK is represented by its chief executive and three nominated UUK members. UUK seeks to ensure these members represent the geographical and institutional diversity of its membership, and have the experience necessary to provide high-level strategic direction to our work. GuildHE is represented by its chief executive and also nominates a member to sit on the board.