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Political Affairs Network

​Universities UK's Political Affairs Network provides regular information on what's happening in Westminster, briefing on the big issues being debated in parliament, and advice on ways for our members to engage with committees and inquiries.

To do this we:

  • provide a weekly political affairs digest with the latest parliamentary business

  • flag select committee inquiries and other opportunities for universities to provide evidence and case studies

  • send ad hoc briefings on priority issues for members to use when speaking with MPs and peers

  • coordinate activities such as getting MPs from university constituencies to call for debates or sign Early Day Motions

  • arrange networking and training opportunities – including a full-day conference – three times a year

  • maintain an email group for members to exchange information and views

The group, which is free to join, is made up of public affairs, political affairs and policy leads from our member institutions. Please email the political affairs team if you would like to join the network.


Download the latest Political affairs digest (PDF), a regular round-up of higher education-related parliamentary business prepared for the Political Affairs Network.

Blogs

Budget 2018 – key points for universities

30 October 2018
While there were no headline policies on higher education this year, Mark Condren digs into the documents underpinning the Budget to find announcements of interest to universities.

Anything for universities at the Labour and Conservative conferences?

4 October 2018
Political Affairs Officer Mark Condren rounds up events from the 2018 Labour and Conservative party conferences, with a particular lookout for any university-related discussions.