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What we do

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

Our member universities' core purpose is to maximise their positive impact for students and the public both in the UK and globally through teaching, research and scholarship. We are led by our members and act on behalf of universities.

Our priorities

  • Opportunity - anyone with the will and potential to succeed, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to transform their lives through accessing an outstanding learning experience at a UK university.
  • Impact - UK universities are world-leading in the production and application of knowledge and skills.
  • Trust - through demonstrating positive impact on students’ lives, economic growth, public services and civil society, UK universities benefit from widespread public trust and political support.
  • Global - UK universities are global leaders in international education and research.
  • Autonomous - UK universities are free to make autonomous decisions according to their diverse missions and the needs of their students and communities.

Strategic plan

Our Strategic plan 2018-23 World-leading impact (PDF) ​sets how we plan to deliver these priorities.

​​​​​Annual report and accounts​

Our annual report and consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2017​ (PDF)​​

Patterns and trends in higher education report 2018

21 September 2018
Our annual 'Patterns and trends' report presents a range of data and analysis on the changing size and shape of UK higher education.

Impact of European migration analysed in new MAC report

18 September 2018
Response to the report from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) looking at the impact of migration from the European Economic Area (EEA). The MAC took evidence from a range of employers, government departments and industry bodies, including UUK.

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Response to Joint Expert Panel report on USS valuation

13 September 2018
Response to the Joint Expert Panel report reviewing the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) 2017 valuation, processes and assumptions. The report from the Panel makes a number of observations and recommendations.