Equality, diversity and inclusion

​We support and promote life-changing opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds at every university.

Universities tackling harassment

Everyone has the right to a rich, fulfilling and enjoyable university experience and so the safety and wellbeing of staff and students in higher education is vital. 

UUK is working with universities to make institutions safer places to live work and study so that no student or member of staff is subject to any form of harassment, intimidation or threatening or violent behaviour. Such an abuse is at odds with our values and the standards of behaviour expected in the sector. Our work includes the development of practical guidance to support universities: 


Universities driving social mobility

We aim to create a future in which anyone with the will and potential to succeed, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to transform their lives through accessing an outstanding learning experience at a UK university.

UUK is working with universities to improve university access, participation and student success for underrepresented groups. This includes:

Continuing the conversation

Report
24 September 2020
This is Universities UK's second briefing on responding to domestic violence and technology mediated abuse in the higher education sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Front cover of Beginning the conversation report on domestic abuse and COVID-19

Beginning the conversation: responding to domestic violence and abuse in higher education communities during the COVID-19 pandemic

30 April 2020
A briefing to support universities in their response to the heightened risk of domestic violence and technology mediated abuse (online harassment) resulting from lockdown measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Widening opportunity in higher education - The third phase: beyond graduation

Report
21 November 2019
This discussion paper, written by Professor Simon Gaskell and Professor Rebecca Lingwood, concerns the influence of socio-economic background on graduate success.

Changing the culture in higher education: UUK's response to EHRC inquiry on racial harassment in higher education

23 October 2019
UUK's response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission's inquiry into racial harassment in higher education

Changing the culture: two years on

Report
9 October 2019
The results of a sector-wide survey to review progress on tackling sexual misconduct and gender-based violence, harassment and hate crime.

cover of tackling online harassment report

Tackling online harassment and promoting online welfare

2 September 2019
New guidance to help universities prevent and respond to all forms of online harassment.

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic student attainment at UK universities: #closingthegap

2 May 2019
A report setting out five steps universities can take to help close the attainment gap which exists between students of different ethnicities at UK universities.

Universities UK response to Office for Students consultation on regulating access and participation

18 December 2018
​Universities UK's response to 'A new approach to regulating access and participation in English higher education – Office for Students consultation'.

Guidance for allegations of student misconduct: implementation of the Universities UK/Pinsent Masons guidance on how to handle alleged student misconduct which may also constitute a criminal offence

Report
5 April 2018
The first in a series of updates exploring the implementation of the 2016 guidance, focusing on the development of a case-management system and taking first disclosures.

Events

Blogs

Laptop, phone and tablet, at home studying

Covid-19 silver linings: how the pandemic has increased opportunities for disabled university students

15 July 2020
AbilityNet's Amy Low explains how new ways of working brought about by the pandemic have resulted in improvements in accessibility and inclusion for disabled university students.

The Royal Liver Building on the Mersey River

Culture in the age of Covid-19: why universities must take centre stage

10 July 2020
Professor Dinah Birch sets out how the University of Liverpool has ensured cultural experiences in the city remain on offer to communities during lockdown.

News

Universities and admissions leaders encourage students to be ambitious with their 2021 applications

12 October 2020
Students applying for degree courses that start in autumn 2021 should be ambitious with their choices, following no substantial rise in deferrals in 2020, with universities ready to be flexible when considering applications.

group of students looking at their results

Record numbers of 18-year-olds and applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds accepted into university

13 August 2020
UUK responds to the record numbers of 18-year-olds and applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds that have been accepted into university in 2020

The team

Daniel Hurley

Dan Hurley

Policy Manager
Universities UK

Fiona Waye

Fiona Waye

Policy Manager
Universities UK

Katy Haigh

Policy Researcher
Universities UK