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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
Lectern discussion meeting

Who we are

Who we represent, our senior team, and our policymaking and governance structures.
Graduation ceremony

Our members

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

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.
Tavistock square in the snow

​​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

First thoughts on Augar: plenty to discuss, but we must protect opportunity and choice

30 May 2019
Universities UK's Director of Policy Chris Hale takes a first look at the Augar review's long-awaited recommendations.

Universities must help secure a sustainable future for our planet

4 April 2019
The University of Edinburgh's Dave Gorman on the steps his institution is taking to reduce carbon emissions and make a sustainable and socially responsible contribution to the world.

News

UUK and sector partners call for reform of the student visa system

18 July 2019
The government is being challenged to back-up its commitment to boosting international student numbers with reform to the new student visa route.

Thousands more should be able to do Degree Apprenticeships

15 July 2019
Bold action is needed from government to reform the degree apprenticeship system so many more people can become degree apprentices, according to a major report published today by Universities UK.