Our work in parliament – overview

Universities UK works on behalf of its members to maintain strong relationships with political parties in parliament and to influence policy change.

Our work includes:

  • lobbying to make sure that government and party policies are beneficial for universities

  • maintaining good contacts with key MPs, peers, advisers and researchers

  • submitt​ing written evidence to select committees

  • producing briefings for MPs to inform debates in both Houses

  • hosting regular and timely events to update parliamentarians on key higher education issues

We also support our members by briefing them ahead of meetings with parliamentarians and advise on opportunities to speak directly to MPs on issues that concern them.

Our current priorities include:

Universities UK also provides the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary University Group.​

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

Response to government announcement on students returning to university in the new year

2 December 2020
UUK has responded to the government announcement that there will be a staggered approach to students returning to university in the new year.

Universities UK publishes recommendations for reforms to make university admissions fairer and more transparent

13 November 2020
Universities UK [UUK] is today publishing its Fair Admissions Review recommendations, which will build greater levels of transparency, trust, and public understanding in admissions practices.

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.