Health

Universities train and educate the healthcare workforce and carry out research which improves the health of the nation and drives growth. ​


 

Our universities train and educate tens of thousands of healthcare professionals every year, including nurses, doctors and midwives.

University-based health researchers are responsible for some of the most important global innovations, saving lives, and improving the health of our communities.

Universities also have an important role to play in the health and wellbeing of their own communities of students and staff.​

This work is overseen by our Health Education and Research Policy Network, chaired by Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University.

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Initiations at UK universities

Report
23 September 2019
UUK in collaboration with Newcastle University, has launched Initiations at UK universities to raise awareness of the dangers of initiations and excessive alcohol consumption among students.

Preventing student suicides

Guidance for universities on preventing student suicides

Report
5 September 2018
Universities UK and Papyrus, the UK’s national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, have published new guidance to help university leaders prevent student suicides.

Minding our future: starting a conversation about the support of student mental health

Report
11 May 2018
New guidance aimed at improving the coordination of care between the NHS and universities, so that all students can access the care they need.

Universities UK response to 'Transforming children and young people's mental health provision: a Green Paper'

Consultations and responses
15 March 2018
The government's green paper​ has provided an important opportunity to transform children and young people’s mental health, and universities will be at the forefront.

Guidance on the prevention and management of meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in higher education institutions

5 June 2017
Students in full time higher education are at higher risk of meningococcal disease than their peers. This publication summarises the issues facing students, staff, universities and colleges and their associated health services.

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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.

Report page

A picture of health and education

Report
5 July 2012
This report explores the vital connections between higher education and healthcare.

Managing meningococcal disease (septicaemia or meningitis) in higher education institutions

1 December 2004
Universities and colleges are increasingly aware that cases of meningococcal disease cause great stress on campuses.

Blog

Supporting care experienced students through university

8 October 2019
UUK's Amy Dicks sets out what universities can do to address the challenges care experienced people face when accessing and completing an undergraduate degree.

Higher education policy priorities for the new prime minister

31 July 2019
UUK's Karmjit Kaur on how new Prime Minister Boris Johnson can can help maximise the role of universities for both his domestic and global ambitions.

News

Universities UK response on health students' support for NHS frontline

20 March 2020
Responding to the government’s emergency legislation, which included an announcement on nursing students and allied health profession students being asked to support the NHS amid the coronavirus outbreak

New advice for universities and students on dangers of initiations

23 September 2019
​Universities UK (UUK), in collaboration with Newcastle University, has today launched a briefing, Initiations at UK universities, to raise awareness of the dangers of initiations and excessive alcohol consumption among students.

The team

John de Pury

John de Pury

Assistant Director
Universities UK

Kristen Hindes

Kristen Hindes

Executive Assistant
Universities UK