What we do

Universities UK is the collective voice of 139 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)​​

UUK response to updated DfE guidance for universities

10 September 2020
Responding to updated government guidance for universities ahead of students starting the new term, Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said:

A business is born every two hours at UK universities

28 August 2020
​University graduates start 4,000 new businesses and are responsible for supporting tens of thousands of jobs every year.

UUK response to DfE announcement on action agreed to support students into their preferred universities

20 August 2020
Universities UK has responded to the Department for Education's announcement on the measures to support students into their preferred universities