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Policy and analysis

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Mental health

We ensure that wellbeing and mental health are a strategic priority for universities.

Brexit and UK universities

We are working with our members, the university sector and government on the implications for universities and students of the UK's vote to leave the EU.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

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

We want to see an immigration system that helps UK universities to attract international students and highly skilled staff from around the world.
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Innovation, growth and skills

Universities are vital in supporting business and communities, promoting local and national economic growth and innovation, and supplying highly skilled and employable graduates.
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Regulation of higher education

Effective regulation is essential to provide accountability for public funds, protect the interests of students and safeguard the reputation of UK higher education.
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Student experience

The UK’s universities want to provide students with a world-class education so that they can achieve their full potential.
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Funding

​A sustainable funding environment is essential for universities.
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Efficiency and value for money

​Universities across the UK are committed to delivering value for money for students, for government and for the wider public.​

Research policy

Our universities lead the world in science and research, but government must invest more if we are to maximise the benefits to the economy, society and people's everyday lives.
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Professional education

Universities are committed to the renewal of the teaching profession through provision of excellent training programmes which produce the teachers our education system needs.
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Health

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

​Universities have a role to play in the prevention of terrorism and violent extremism. But they must also be allowed to balance this against their duty to promote freedom of speech within the law.
Pensions

Pensions

We represent higher education employers in discussions on the future of the USS. We are working to make the scheme sustainable while offering the very best pensions that can be afforded.
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Internationalisation

We want to support the development of UK universities’ influence on the world stage, and ensure that the UK higher education sector remains competitive by international standards.

Blog

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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.

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How university careers services are supporting graduates through Covid-19

25 June 2020
Gabi Binnie from AGCAS explains how university careers services moved their provision online almost overnight following lockdown, in order to ensure students and graduates continue to be supported.

News

UUK response to latest UCAS data on university applications

9 July 2020
UUK responds to the latest UCAS which details a rise in the number of students applying to go to university, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Language learning vital to pandemic recovery

7 July 2020
Universities UK is part of a coalition of partners today putting forward to Government a strategy to boost language learning, which has fallen drastically in recent years.