Student experience

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

​UK universities enrol over 2 million students each year from the UK and around world, who study nearly 1,200 different subjects. In the 2017 National Student Survey 84% of students said they were happy with their courses. UK universities also consistently outperform their overseas counterparts in the International Student Barometer survey.

We aim to help universities to build on this success by:

  • ensuring the student recruitment system operates fairly and effectively to the benefit of all

  • helping the sector meet its responsibilities to current and prospective students in line with consumer rights standards

  • developing effective policy and practice that can continue to promote excellent teaching and learning

  • communicating the benefits of a university education and explaining what students can expect from their time at university through the media, events and political briefings

Supporting teaching and stu​dent choices​

We are working closely with the Department for Education on the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework to ensure that it supports the continued development of good quality teaching across the sector.

We work with the Office for Students and national funders on the information provided to students so that they can make well informed choices. We also work with UCAS on admissions policy.   ​

We host events and publish briefings on universities' duties under consumer rights law. We assess contemporary policy issues and debates and track trends in student recruitment.

We also work on the wellbeing​ of students studying at university, including student mental wellbeing and student misconduct, crime and harassment.

This work is overseen by our Student Policy Network, chaired by Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton.

Degree classification in 2019-20

Briefing
14 April 2021
Data released in January 2021 showed that across the UK, there had been an increase of upper awards in 2019–20. This briefing examines the various factors that may have contributed to this.

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Universities UK response to Office for Students consultation on regulating quality and standards in higher education

Consultations and responses
18 January 2021
The stated intention of the proposals is one Universities UK supports, however, we have significant concerns about the proposals as currently positioned.

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Protecting the value of UK degrees: reviewing progress

Report
17 December 2020
A review of progress one year on from the signing of the UK higher education sector's statement of intent to protect the value of UK degress.

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Fair Admissions Review

Report
13 November 2020
UUK’s Fair Admissions Review aims to build greater levels of transparency, increase trust, and improve public understanding in admissions practices.

Continuing the conversation: responding to domestic violence and technology mediated abuse in higher education communities during the Covid-19 pandemic

12 October 2020
A second briefing on responding to domestic violence and technology mediated abuse in the higher education sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Checklist: supporting students who are required to self-isolate

6 October 2020
A new checklist to guide universities that are supporting students who are self-isolating.

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Supporting graduates in a Covid-19 economy

Report
25 June 2020
A set of proposals for the UK government, recommending ways to support the employment prospects of graduates from the class of 2020, and to help businesses get back on their feet following the Covid-19 lockdown.

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Principles and considerations: emerging from lockdown

3 June 2020
Nine principles and areas for universities to consider as they begin to emerge from lockdown.

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Beginning the conversation: responding to domestic violence and abuse in higher education communities during the COVID-19 pandemic

30 April 2020
A briefing to support universities in their response to the heightened risk of domestic violence and technology mediated abuse (online harassment) resulting from lockdown measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.

Events

Enhancing the student experience 2021

23 Jun - 24 Jun 2021, 09:30 - 16:30

Blogs

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Student reviews tell the story of 2020

1 March 2021
​After studying more than 16,000 student reviews, Paul Humphreys, Founder and CEO at StudentCrowd, looks at how students have been experiencing university this year.

Students

Pathways and flexibility are key to supporting lifelong learning

18 December 2020
Dave Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University, argues that if we are to facilitate lifelong learning and avoid ‘educational dead ends’, universities must play a core role in qualification design.

News

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Universities boosting academic skills and wellbeing of Year 13s

9 June 2021
​Universities are stepping up efforts to support the education and wellbeing of Year 13s transitioning to higher education this autumn.

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Government decision on student returns in England 'hugely disappointing for students'

13 April 2021
UUK's response to the government's decision to delay further student returns until at least 17 May 2021.

The team

Charlotte Snelling

Charlotte Snelling

Policy Manager
Universities UK