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

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