About Universities UK International

Part of Universities UK, our purpose is to enable UK universities to flourish internationally through our unique ability to represent them and act in their collective interests. 

Our strategy 2021-23 is available to view here.

Our aims 

  • Grow and diversify onshore recruitment of international students

  • Enhance the scale and impact of international research collaboration 

  • Support the development of sustainable, scalable transnational education 

  • Increase the proportion of students with international experience, especially those from low participation backgrounds 

  • Support UK universities to develop the capabilities, understanding and resilience to meet new challenges. 


What we do  

To achieve our aims, we:

  • Enable UK universities to develop and realise their international ambitions​  
  • Influence the framework conditions that enable UK universities to thrive internationally 
  • Create new opportunitiesthat deliver clear benefits to our members

Who we work with

In representing the sector as a whole, we work closely with higher education institutions, sector organisations and government organisations, including:

  • Universities Scotland 
  • Universities Wales 
  • British Council
  • British Universities International Liaison Association (BUILA) 
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 
  • Department for Education 
  • Department for International Trade  
  • Embassy Magazine  
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office 
  • GuildHE
  • Home Office 
  • Scottish Government  
  • UK Council for International Student Affairs  
  • UK Research and Innovation  
  • UK Science and Innovation Network  
  • UK Research Office 
  • Welsh Government  
  • The Quality Assurance Agency 

Our funders  

In addition to member subscriptions via Universities UK, UUKi receives grant funding from: 


Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland) 

Department for the Economy has a wide range of responsibilities including economic policy, energy, higher and further education and tourism. The role of the Department’s higher education division is to formulate policy and administer funding to support education, research and related activities in the Northern Ireland higher education sector. 

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales 

The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales – HEFCW – regulates fee levels at HE providers, ensures a framework is in place for assessing the quality of HE and scrutinises the performance of universities and other designated providers. HEFCW also provides funding for HE teaching and research and innovation, and applies its influence and expertise to help deliver Welsh Government priorities for HE.  



GuildHE is an officially recognised representative body for UK Higher Education. Our members include universities, university colleges, further education colleges and specialist institutions from both the traditional and private (“not for profit” and “for profit”) sectors. Member institutions include some major providers in professional subject areas including art, design and media, music and the performing arts; agriculture and food; education; business and law, the built environment; health and sports. 

Research England 

Research England is a new council within UK Research and Innovation. We oversee UK Research and Innovation’s England-only functions in relation to university research and knowledge exchange. This includes providing grant funding to English universities for research and knowledge exchange activities; developing and implementing the Research Excellence Framework in partnership with the UK Higher Education funding bodies; overseeing the sustainability of the Higher Education research base in England; managing the £900 million UK Research Partnership Investment Fund; and administering the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF). 

Scottish Funding Council 

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is helping to make Scotland the best place in the world to educate, research and innovate. Investing around £1.9 billion of public money each year, SFC’s funding enables Scotland’s colleges and universities to provide life-changing opportunities for over half a million people.

Our support for university research means every one of Scotland’s universities is able to carry out world-leading research. Our continuing investments in Scotland’s innovation centres is making exciting things happen between industry and university research. Our work in widening access is bringing together colleges and universities in new ways and providing more people with more routes into learning and skills.


 UUKi staff list

 Who we are accountable to