Parliamentary briefings and submissions

We produce parliamentary briefings on a range of subjects based on the current legislative programme, our policy priorities and campaigns.

These include briefings on immigration and freedom of speech.

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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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Immigration bill

Briefing
15 May 2020
his briefing outlines Universities UK’s key asks for the new immigration system scheduled to be introduced by the government in January 2021.

USS negotiations

Briefing
18 February 2020
This briefing provides background and context on the USS dispute and sets out the efforts made by the affected universities to resolve the dispute satisfactorily.

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Submission to the MAC Consultation

16 January 2020
A briefing summarising UUK's submission to the MAC Consultation on the current salary threshold level of the skilled-worker route.

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Skills, jobs and opportunity: a vision for higher education

14 January 2020
Universities UK calls on the government to work with universities to support us in the key role we have to play in skills productivity, social justice and research, from local communities to the global stage.

USS 2018 valuation

Briefing
7 November 2019
Briefing on background and context of the dispute and the efforts made by affected universities to resolve it.

University links with the armed forces

Briefing
18 October 2019
​Universities UK is encouraging all members to sign the Armed Forces Covenant.

Review of post-18 education and funding

24 May 2019
This briefing outlines the six tests which Universities UK thinks the recommendations of the upcoming review of post-18 education and funding need to pass if it we are to maintain quality, access and choice in post-18 education.

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The uses and limits of Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data

28 March 2019
A parliamentary briefing providing an overview of what Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data is and how it can be useful to students, policy makers and higher education institutions.

Universities UK response to Office for Students consultation on regulating access and participation

18 December 2018
​Universities UK's response to 'A new approach to regulating access and participation in English higher education – Office for Students consultation'.

Blogs

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Funding for adult learners will boost the UK's economic recovery

30 September 2020
UUK's Julie Tam takes a look at the prime minister's announcement of a lifetime skills allowance, and what it means for the economy, society, and individuals.

General election 2019: what the parties say on higher education

27 November 2019
UUK's Karmjit Kaur takes a look at the policy commitments on higher education in party manifestos ahead of the general election.

News

New guidance can ensure universities protect and develop international partnerships

15 October 2020
Universities are today publishing guidelines to better safeguard themselves against security-related risks that can result from international collaborations.

Government must act now or risk losing European students for years to come

5 October 2020
​Prospective university students from Europe must be given assurances that they will be given every opportunity to study in the UK, following one of the biggest changes to international student recruitment in a generation.

UUK response to prime minister’s speech on adult learning and skills

29 September 2020
Commenting on the Prime Minister's speech on adult learning and skills, Professor Julia Buckingham, the President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University London, said it could benefit millions of adults