Reports and briefings

Find Universities UK analysis on the response to the pandemic and the needs of the higher education sector.

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COVID-safe behaviours and returning to campus

20 April 2021
This guidance aims to support and inform COVID-safe preparations as further students return to campus this academic year and ahead of 2021/22.

Supporting international student financial hardship - guidance for universities

25 March 2021
This guidance consists of points to consider when dealing with international student hardship and examples of best practice already being undertaken within higher education institutions.

UUK's response to Ofqual and DfE consultations on how grades should be awarded in summer 2021

Consultations and responses
3 February 2021
Universities UK’s response to the Ofqual and DfE consultations on arrangements for awarding grades for GCSE, AS and A levels and on awarding arrangements for a range of vocational and technical qualifications in summer 2021.

Continuing the conversation: responding to domestic violence and technology mediated abuse in higher education communities during the Covid-19 pandemic

12 October 2020
A second briefing on responding to domestic violence and technology mediated abuse in the higher education sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Checklist: supporting students who are required to self-isolate

6 October 2020
A new checklist to guide universities that are supporting students who are self-isolating.

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Covid-19: safety, health and wellbeing of students and staff briefings

28 August 2020
Recommendations, case studies and resources for universities, sector bodies, regulators and government to ensure disabled students, healthcare students and estranged and care-experienced students are fully supported during Covid-19 pandemic

principles and guidance for collaborative teaching partnerships during the pandemic

Principles and guidance for collaborative teaching partnerships during the pandemic

28 July 2020
Principles to support the continuation of effective collaborative teaching partnerships as the sector responds to the impact of Covid-19 on academic provision.

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Supporting graduates in a Covid-19 economy

25 June 2020
A set of proposals for the UK government, recommending ways to support the employment prospects of graduates from the class of 2020, and to help businesses get back on their feet following the Covid-19 lockdown.

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Universities UK response to Office for Students consultation on the integrity and stability of the higher education sector in England

Consultations and responses
9 June 2020
Universities are under extreme pressure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic across all aspects of their operations and provision, including in admissions, and continue to respond effectively to the challenging environment faced by students and staff.


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Universities boosting academic skills and wellbeing of Year 13s

9 June 2021
​Universities are stepping up efforts to support the education and wellbeing of Year 13s transitioning to higher education this autumn.

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Government decision on student returns in England 'hugely disappointing for students'

13 April 2021
UUK's response to the government's decision to delay further student returns until at least 17 May 2021.

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Universities demand answers from government on student returns

7 April 2021
Universities and up to a million students were eagerly awaiting the government’s latest roadmap announcement, in anticipation that they would be able to return to safe, socially-distanced in-person teaching and learning from 12 April.