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Response to higher education minister’s speech at Universities UK

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Universities UK responded today to a speech from the higher education Minister Jo Johnson MP.

The address at Universities UK – one of his first major speeches on higher education – focused on teaching quality and the introduction of a Teaching Excellence Framework.

Responding to the speech, Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: “The Minister presented a number of proposals about the centrality of teaching and learning in universities and the introduction of a Teaching Excellence Framework in England.

“Providing a high-quality, world-leading experience for all students is central to what our universities do, and they are always seeking to improve what they offer to students. We will be considering carefully how a new Teaching Excellence Framework can best add value to all students, whatever their choice of subject or university, and whatever their background and aspirations. The challenge is how to construct a single Framework that can effectively respond to that tremendous diversity. Universities UK will be contributing to the consultation process in the coming months.

“We will also want to work with the minister in relation to the many other substantial challenges that universities are facing currently. In particular, how to ensure that universities are adequately funded so that they can continue to deliver high quality teaching and research.

“Universities UK has today called on the government to link the fee cap in England to inflation to allow adequate funding for universities, and to increase funding for students’ living costs which students tell us is a high priority for them. We also need to ensure that the UK’s immigration rules are reformed to ensure we are able to attract able and talented international students from around the world.”


  1.  A copy of the Minister’s speech at Universities UK today

  2. Universities UK called today on government to upgrade the tuition fee cap in England in line with inflation and for financial support for students’ living costs to be improved. The tuition fee cap of £9,000 was introduced in England in 2012-13 following the vote in parliament in 2010. 

  3.  In the run-up to the emergency Budget on 8 July and the spending review in the autumn, Universities UK has called on government to invest in higher education and research. Setting out its case in a new document- Why invest in Universities?​ published last week, Universities UK warns that the​ UK’s world-leading universities and internationally-renowned research will fall behind key competitors without sufficient and sustained investment.

Key Contacts

Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

Media Relations Manager
Universities UK

Clara Plackett

Clara Plackett

Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK



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