What we do

Universities UK is the collective voice of 140 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 2019​ (PDF)​​
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UUK response to the government’s latest January return plans for university students

30 December 2020
UUK has responded to the Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson's latest announcement on the return of students to universities in January 2021.

UUK response on Turing Scheme for students to work and study abroad

26 December 2020
UUK has welcomed further details of the Turing Scheme for students to work and study abroad

UUK response to announcement that the UK and EU have agreed a deal on a future trade agreement

24 December 2020
UUK has responded to the announcement that the UK and EU have agreed a deal on a future trade agreement.