Although the forum represents a diversity of specialisms, from the performing and visual arts through humanities and business to medical, veterinary and technological sciences, specialist institutions nevertheless share a great deal in common. Most are small in size and offer vocational programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. This means they have strong links with the respective professions and industries for which their students are prepared.
The forum enables specialist institutions to come together to discuss and develop common policy perspectives and responses on a range of issues such as funding, immigration and international recruitment.
Usually meeting three times a year, the forum is currently chaired by Sir Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Arts London, who represents specialist institutions' interests on the Universities UK Board.
Chair: Paul Thompson, Royal College of ArtPerforming and visual arts
Courtauld Institute of Art The University for the Creative ArtsGlasgow School of ArtGuildhall School of Music and Drama Norwich University of the Arts
The Royal Central School of Speech and DramaRoyal College of ArtRoyal College of MusicTrinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and DanceUniversity of the Arts London
MedicalSt George's, University of LondonLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Science and technologyCranfield University
Humanities and businessLondon Business SchoolSOAS, University of London
VeterinaryRoyal Veterinary College