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Improving social mobility: a challenge for universities, a challenge for everyone

10 October 2016
Today we launched our report on social mobility. After analysing the evidence and extensive consultation, we have come up with recommendations which we think will help universities play an even greater role in helping to improve social mobility in England

We all have mental health

10 October 2016
​Today is World Mental Health Day. This year, the theme is Psychological First Aid: training in basic support for people who are distressed, including knowing what not to say and when to refer to clinical services.

Putting universities at the heart of the government's industrial strategy

6 October 2016
Universities have an important role to play in the government's development of the government's industrial strategy - and the chancellor's announcements at the Conservative Party Conference this week will help.

Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools - the university link

15 September 2016
This week, the Women and Equalities Select Committee reported on sexual harassment and sexual violence within schools.

HE Bill must protect a national asset

6 September 2016
The summer read of choice (or necessity) for much of the higher education sector this year has been the 110-page Higher Education and Research Bill, whose pre-summer recess passage through the Commons was somewhat overshadowed by the political fallout fro

Annual conference: university sector has much to discuss

5 September 2016
Tomorrow and Wednesday, Nottingham Trent University hosts Universities UK’s 2016 annual conference: an occasion when we put to one side our areas of competition – for students, staff, research grants, project investment and league table positions – and c

More apprenticeship training proposals

31 August 2016
Earlier this summer, I wrote a blog previewing the range of English apprenticeship policy announcements we were expecting in July and a checklist of things to look out for.

Snapshot from our latest 'Higher education in facts and figures'

25 August 2016
Universities UK’s annual Higher education in facts and figures booklet is published today and, as ever, is full of useful stats, charts and infographics. This blog picks a few highlights from the booklet.

Admissions latest – record numbers for 2016

22 August 2016
The numbers of students who’ve found places at universities and colleges across the UK has risen again, for the fourth year in a row. Policy Analyst Eleanor Jubb looks at the figures.

University admissions and Clearing: behind the scenes

19 August 2016
Janet Graham, Director of SPA, the Supporting Professionalism in Admissions programme, gives an insight into how universities manage the busy admissions and clearing period.