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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.

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

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. 

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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Quality, equity, sustainability: the future of higher education regulation

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12 February 2015
Quality, equity, sustainability makes recommendations for a new regulatory framework for higher education.

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Cost and benefit analysis project on immigration regulation

Report
11 July 2013
Higher Education Better Regulation Group (HEBRG) published the final report of the cost and benefit analysis project on Tier 4 student immigration regulation on 11 July 2013.

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Review of non-HE regulatory landscape and its impact on HEIs

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30 November 2011
This report was delivered to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in November 2011, and is based on research undertaken on behalf of HEBRG by Capita Consulting.

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Provision of information about higher education: outcomes of consultation and next steps

Report
16 June 2011
This joint report by Universities UK, GuildHE and the Higher Education Funding Council for England sets out how to improve the accessibility and usefulness of information about higher education.

Review of external examining arrangements in universities and colleges in the UK: Final report and recommendations

Report
7 April 2011
An outline of the final recommendations of the review of external examining arrangements undertaken by UUK and GuildHE.

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Research report: Variable tuition fees in England: assessing their impact on students and HEIs

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12 August 2008
The third annual report on the effects of the introduction of the new higher education fees arrangements for UK and EU-domiciled full-time undergraduates attending higher education institutions in England.

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Beyond the honours degree classification: The Burgess Group final report

Report
16 October 2007
This report considers the honours degree classification system, which measures a student’s performance on an undergraduate honours degree programme.

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Variable Tuition Fees in England – Second report

Report
26 June 2007
This is the second annual report on the effects of the introduction of the new higher education fees arrangements for UK and EU domiciled full-time undergraduates attending higher education institutions in England.

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Variable tuition fees in England: assessing their impact on students and HEIs

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14 February 2007
This is the first of what is intended to be a regular series of short publications. It will enable the effects of the new variable fees arrangements for UK and EU domiciled full-time undergraduates attending Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Events

Blogs

General election 2019: what the parties say on higher education

27 November 2019
UUK's Karmjit Kaur takes a look at the policy commitments on higher education in party manifestos ahead of the general election.

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General election 2019: skills, jobs and opportunity

11 November 2019
UUK's Karmjit Kaur on the policies that all parties should commit to, to ensure UK universities remain a global success story.

News

Universities take action to better explain to students how their fee income is spent

22 October 2019
A new guide published today will help universities better explain to students how fee income, and other sources of income, are spent.

President's speech to UUK annual conference

13 September 2019
This year's Universities UK annual conference has taken place at the University of Birmingham.

The team

Samuel Roseveare

Samuel Roseveare

Policy Manager
Universities UK