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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Student vaccination – a sector statement

28 July 2021
​University leaders are encouraging new and existing students to take up the opportunity to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.

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Universities offering support through results season

22 July 2021
University leaders say their institutions are ready to help the growing number of students applying to university this summer and that students should continue to be ambitious with their study choices.

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Universities vital to nation's health and wellbeing recovery says Dame Katherine Grainger

13 July 2021
One of the UK's most decorated Olympians is backing MadeAtUni: Energising Places – launched today by UUK and BUCS to highlight the role universities play in improving lives through sport and physical activity.