strengthen the economy and drive social mobility, Universities UK has called on
the next prime minister to pledge support to the UK’s universities, which generate £95 billion for the economy and create more
than 940,000 jobs across the nation.
UK is highlighting five policy issues that the next Conservative party leader
should support if universities are to maximise their positive impact
economically, socially and culturally and continue to rank as global leaders.
Immigration – the removal of barriers to recruiting and retaining
international students and staff.
experience – including committing to
promoting policies to encourage access to university and supporting
student mental health and wellbeing outcomes.
research and innovation
– a commitment to meeting – or beating – research and development
investment targets to enable continued excellence in these fields.
funding – universities must have
sustainable funding to continue world-class teaching, delivered in a way
which supports continued student mobility across the UK. Funding cuts
would negatively affect opportunity and impact all four nations of the UK
Brexit – an effective post-Brexit settlement must be reached,
avoiding a ‘no-deal’ departure and ensuring continued partnerships and
exchange between the UK and its EU partners.
Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: “Our universities,
their students and staff are vital to the UK’s future success. Policies to
support and enhance the positive impact of universities should be priorities
for the next prime minister.
the right policies, the new prime minister will have the opportunity to drive
economic growth and social mobility by supporting universities to create jobs,
enhance productivity and improve lives.”
The complete document of asks
for the next prime minister can be read, here
Universities UK is the collective voice of 136 universities
in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its mission is to create the
conditions for UK universities to be the best in the world; maximising
their positive impact locally, nationally and globally. Universities UK
acts on behalf of universities, represented by their heads of institution.