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.
Our current areas of focus include the implementation of the Higher Education and Research Act in England that sets up for the Office for Students, the new regulator for universities in England. We are also working on the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework, the management of academic standards and grade inflation and the entry of new providers into the higher education market.
UK higher education is a global success story. It generates £27.9 billion in revenue, employs over 262,700 staff and has over two million students. There are nearly 200 universities with degree awarding powers, most of which are members of Universities UK. These universities range from small specialists to large multi-faculty institutions, each with their own distinctive strengths and missions. The success of UK higher education is founded on the diversity and autonomy of its universities.
We also co-convene, with GuildHE, a group responsible for negotiating copyright licences on behalf of the higher education sector.