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.

We are working closely with government, the national regulators and funding bodies and the Quality Assurance Agency to make sure regulation and quality assurance continues to be effective now and into the future and that there is a consistent approach across the UK.

We aim to ensure that:

  • there is consistency and comparability of arrangements across the whole of the UK
  • external quality assessment is proportionate, risk based and founded on effective institutional assurance arrangements
  • the sector maintains a shared and robust baseline of quality
  • regulation protects students against transient, negligent and poor quality providers


Copyright Negotiating and Advisory Committee

We also co-convene, with GuildHE, a group responsible for negotiating copyright licences on behalf of the higher education sector.


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Principles for effective degree algorithm design

Report
21 July 2020
A new set of principles for effective degree algorithm design to protect the value of qualifications.

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Universities UK response to Office for Students consultation on the integrity and stability of the higher education sector in England

Consultations and responses
9 June 2020
Universities are under extreme pressure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic across all aspects of their operations and provision, including in admissions, and continue to respond effectively to the challenging environment faced by students and staff.

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Degree classification: statement of intent

20 May 2019
A statement of intent on degree classifications in UK higher education

The future of the TEF

The future of the TEF: report to the independent reviewer

Report
25 February 2019
Universities UK's report on the overall effect the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is having on higher education shows there is still some way to go to improve the system.

Degree classification: transparent, consistent and fair academic standards

Report
28 November 2018
A wide range of factors behind the increase in the number of graduates receiving first and upper-second class degrees.

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Understanding degree algorithms

18 October 2017
The findings of a joint Universities UK-GuildHE project looking at the configuration of degree algorithms – the sets of rules institutions follow to determine a student's final degree classification.

Review of the Teaching Excellence Framework Year 2

Review of the Teaching Excellence Framework Year 2

31 August 2017
A review of the results, impact and cost of making submissions to the Teaching Excellence Framework in its first ‘test’ year.

Education, consumer rights and maintaining trust: what students want from their university

Education, consumer rights and maintaining trust: what students want from their university

Report
21 June 2017
An assessment of how student perspectives of the student–university relationship are evolving in the context of a growing emphasis on market competition and consumer rights in higher education.

Briefing: Implementation of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017

Briefing
9 June 2017
The legislation is primarily concerned with the creation of two new bodies to regulate and fund higher education providers: the Office for Students (OfS) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Progress update on Bell Review recommendation on new higher education sector agency

19 May 2017
Statement from Universities UK, GuildHE, the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) on the implementation of the recommendations of the Bell Review.

Events

Tackling violence, harassment and hate incidents 2021

10 Mar - 11 Mar 2021, 09:30 - 16:30

Blogs

The grades u-turn caused a ripple effect throughout education – it could be catastrophic for unis

25 August 2020
From over-stretched finances to lack of space and facilities, universities are facing a perfect storm of problems.

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How we communicate student finance needs a rethink

16 December 2019
NEON's Graeme Atherton explains why the cost of higher education needs to be communicated to students more effectively.

News

Universities UK publishes recommendations for reforms to make university admissions fairer and more transparent

13 November 2020
Universities UK [UUK] is today publishing its Fair Admissions Review recommendations, which will build greater levels of transparency, trust, and public understanding in admissions practices.

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Universities agree further measures to tackle grade inflation

21 July 2020
​Universities from across the UK have agreed new principles to tackle grade inflation.

The team

Samuel Roseveare

Samuel Roseveare

Policy Manager
Universities UK