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:

Taskforce to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students: progress report no. 2

6 April 2016
Report of the second meeting of the taskforce to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students, on 16 March 2016.

Social Mobility Advisory Group: progress report 1

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

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Taskforce to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students: progress report no. 1

17 November 2015
UUK taskforce on violence against women, harassment and hate crime summary note of first meeting

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Breaking down the barriers to Student Opportunities and Youth Social Action

Report
1 July 2015
A framework to help students’ unions and universities working together to reduce or remove barriers around student volunteering.

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Student mental wellbeing in higher education: good practice guide

Report
13 February 2015
For the teaching and support of students experiencing mental health difficulties was commissioned by us and produced by the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Working Group.

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The power of part-time: review of part-time and mature higher education

Report
16 October 2013
There were nearly half a million people in the UK studying part-time at undergraduate level in 2011-12, making up 29% of the UK undergraduate population. Yet across the sector, numbers are declining.

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Access for all

Report
8 July 2013
Access for All uses data from the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE) for the years 2004-2009.

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Academies and trust schools: where do universities fit in?

Report
12 May 2009
The opportunities and challenges universities may meet if they engage with two relatively new types of state-maintained school – academies and trust schools.

Higher education engagement with schools and colleges: partnership development

12 May 2009
Updated version of the evidence submitted to the NCEE in 2008 by every English university on how they work with schools to raise awareness of higher education and improve attainment in schools.

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From the margins to the mainstream

Report
14 December 2005
The third in a series of reports undertaken to explore how universities and colleges in the UK are supporting access to higher education for young people from lower socio-economic groups.

Events

Blogs

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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.

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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

Majority of adult learners would upskill at university if given the chance

21 October 2020
New polling by Savanta ComRes for Universities UK has revealed that 82% of prospective students in England who are either unemployed, at risk of unemployment, or looking to learn new skills would be keen to study individual modules of a university degree.

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.

The team

Daniel Hurley

Dan Hurley

Policy Manager
Universities UK

Fiona Waye

Fiona Waye

Policy Manager
Universities UK

Katy Haigh

Policy Researcher
Universities UK