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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 the Higher Education Green Paper, immigration, freedom of speech, teacher training and devo​lution.

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Universities UK submission to the Higher Education and Research Bill Committee

Response statements
25 August 2016
Universities UK’s initial evidence to the Higher Education and Research Bill Committee, which sets out our priorities to amend and improve the bill. We will be giving oral evidence at the first session of the committee on 6 September 2016.

Higher Education and Research Bill: Second Reading

Briefing
19 July 2016
Universities UK’s briefing for MPs ahead of the Second Reading debate on 19 July 2016. ​​​

Universities UK response to the Teaching Excellence Framework technical consultation for year two

12 July 2016
Universities UK welcomes the government’s commitment to encouraging excellent practice in teaching and learning through the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework. Here we set out a number of areas where we recommend further consideration.

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Parliamentary briefing: key issues for universities resulting from the vote to leave the EU

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4 July 2016
The latest parliamentary briefing from Universities UK, detailing the key issues for universities following the outcome of the EU referendum.

Briefing: Revised operating model for quality assessment

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23 March 2016
Universities UK broadly supports the new risk-based approach to external oversight. It should enable resources in the system to be focused more effectively where they are needed.

Training new teachers

Briefing
2 March 2016
Submission of written evidence from Universities UK to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee inquiry on ‘Training New Teachers’

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Briefing: English devolution

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28 January 2016
English devolution is a complex and evolving policy process, and universities should have a central role to play.

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Parliamentary briefing: Response to the Higher Education Green Paper

Briefing
19 January 2016
This briefing summarises Universities UK's response to the consultation on the Higher Education Green Paper, 'Fulfilling our potential: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice'.

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Response to the Higher Education Green Paper

Consultations and responses
15 January 2016
A response to the government green paper 'Fulfilling our potential: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice'.

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Briefing: Graduates, skills and jobs

Briefing
9 December 2015
This briefing considers the current and future demand for graduates, the numbers of graduates in non-graduate jobs and the role of skills mismatches, and the need to review the changing landscape of vocational education and patterns of provision.

Blogs

Freedom of speech and the Office for Students

16 November 2017
UUK's William Hammonds discusses proposals on freedom of speech in the OfS consultation and the implications for universities.

Brighton rock and cough drops: UUK at the party conferences

5 October 2017
Mark Condren, UUK's Political Affairs Officer, highlights key points for universities in recent party conference speeches and fringe events.

News

UUK response to Treasury Committee recommendations on government's major review of university funding

UUK response to recommendations on major review of university funding

18 February 2018
UUK responds to the Treasury Committee recommendations on the government’s major review of university funding

Appointment of new universities minister

9 January 2018
Universities UK responded today to the news that Sam Gyimah MP has been appointed universities minister for England in the Prime Minister's cabinet reshuffle.

Europe’s university leaders call for urgent Brexit clarification

25 October 2017
​Leaders of European higher education bodies have signed a statement calling on governments across Europe to speed up Brexit negotiations so talks can begin over the future of European research, collaboration, and student mobility.