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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 immigration and freedom of speech.

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Parliamentary briefing: Immigration policy and visa ‘refusal threshold’

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7 December 2015
This short briefing sets out some background information relevant to the Oral Parliamentary Question of 9 December 2015 asked by Lord Clement-Jones.

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Parliamentary briefing: Freedom of speech on campus

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24 November 2015
This briefing covers some of the legal and other considerations for universities on the matter of freedom of speech on university campuses.

Inquiry on the supply of teachers

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20 November 2015
Submission of written evidence from Universities UK to the House of Commons Education Committee’s inquiry on the Supply of Teachers

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The Higher Education Green Paper – one-page summaries

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13 November 2015
A collection of one-page summaries covering the key themes from the Higher Education Green Paper.

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Parliamentary briefing: Immigration Bill 2015 – Second Reading

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12 October 2015
This briefing requests that parliamentarians ask whether there are plans to exempt those recruiting from overseas to posts which are significantly concerned with education and skills training from the immigration skills charge.

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Universities UK submission to the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review

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7 September 2015
Universities, government and employers are encouraged to develop degree apprenticeships in this report published during National Apprenticeship Week 2016.

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Parliamentary briefing: Westminster Hall Debate – Science and research in the UK and regional economies

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23 June 2015
This briefing sets out the economic benefits of investment in science and research and the role of public investment within this.

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Parliamentary briefing: Proposed statutory guidance relating to events on university campuses

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29 May 2015
We expect that regulations will be laid to enforce a duty on universities by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

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Parliamentary briefing: Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill – House of Lords Committee Stage

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4 February 2015
This briefing covers a number of amendments to Part 5 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill which have been tabled for debate at Committee Stage in the House of Lords.

Update from Universities UK’s Student Funding Panel – emerging issues

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6 January 2015
This paper by Universities UK's Student Funding Panel highlights the issues and questions emerging from the panel’s work so far.

Blogs

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.

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General election 2019: skills, jobs and opportunity

11 November 2019
UUK's Karmjit Kaur on the policies that all parties should commit to, to ensure UK universities remain a global success story.

News

Universities UK responds to Labour manifesto

21 November 2019
UUK President Julia Buckingham responds to the release of the Labour manifesto

New Prime Minister must support the continued success of university sector

23 July 2019
​Universities UK is calling on the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to cement the world-leading reputation of our universities and to help them to make an even bigger impact on people's lives through their teaching and research.

UUK and sector partners call for reform of the student visa system

18 July 2019
The government is being challenged to back-up its commitment to boosting international student numbers with reform to the new student visa route.