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About us

​Universities UK is the voice of universities, helping to maintain the world-leading strength of the UK university sector and supporting our members to achieve their aims and objectives. 

What we do

Universities UK is the collective voice of 136 universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
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Who we are

Who we represent, our senior team, and our policymaking and governance structures.
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Our members

Our members are the vice-chancellors or principals (executive heads) of universities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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Working for Universities UK

We offer great opportunities for people interested in working in a membership organisation for the higher education sector.
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Universities UK International

Universities UK International promotes and represents UK universities abroad.

Woburn House Conference Centre

Universities UK is based at Woburn House, Tavistock Square which is also the home of Woburn House Conference Centre, a suite of eight spaces suitable for a range of events from meetings to conferences and dinners.

Partnerships and associated organisations

We work with many other organisations to support and promote the UK higher education sector.
Universities Wales

Universities Wales

​Universities Wales represents the interests of higher education institutions in Wales and is a National Council of Universities UK.
Universities Scotland

Universities Scotland

Universities Scotland is the national council in Scotland of Universities UK.
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​​Our history

Universities UK’s roots lie in the 19th century when meetings took place with vice-chancellors of universities and principals of university colleges.

Blog

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BME attainment: why universities must do more than 'mind the gap'

13 November 2018
Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor of the University of West England, Bristol, on the initiatives his institution is running to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for BME students in the UK.

Graduates in demand, but skills must match up with jobs

7 November 2018
With regular debates about the value of degrees and whether graduates have the right skills, Greg Wade considers the evidence from employers on graduate recruitment and their actual skills needs.

News

British public proud of the UK's Universities, new poll reveals

15 November 2018
New research from BritainThinks shows the public feel positively towards UK universities by five-to-one – and people overwhelmingly say they would send their children to university given the chance.

Education system must change to support flexible study

26 October 2018
Shorter and more flexible courses could encourage more people of all ages to improve their skills and life chances at university. This is one of the main findings of a project set up by Universities UK (UUK) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

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