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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 2018​ (PDF)​​

Industrial action is not the way forward, say university leaders

19 November 2019
University leaders have written an open letter to all staff at the institutions where the University and College Union (UCU) is planning industrial action.

New guidance for businesses on employing international students

7 November 2019
UUK has published new guidance to help ensure employers at businesses across the country have the information they need to employ international graduates.

University and college leaders launch 12-month bid to find ways to combat climate emergency

7 November 2019
University and college leaders are being urged to redouble their efforts to tackle climate change by committing to the Climate Commission which aims to create a clear and consistent response to the government's declared Climate and Environment Emergency