Specialist Institutions Forum

The Specialist Institutions Forum brings together specialist institutions within Universities UK's membership to consider policy issues of common interest.

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.

Specialist Institutions Forum members and specialisms

Chair: Paul Thompson, Royal College of Art

Performing and visual arts
Courtauld Institute of Art
The University for the Creative Arts
Glasgow School of Art
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Norwich University of the Arts
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Royal College of Art
Royal College of Music
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
University of the Arts London

Medical
St George's, University of London
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Science and technology
Cranfield University

Humanities and business
London Business School
SOAS, University of London

Veterinary
Royal Veterinary College

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