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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.

​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.

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Supporting universities to deliver skills, growth and improve lives

10 June 2019
Universities UK is highlighting five areas that the next Conservative party leader and prime minister should back to support UK universities. The new prime minister must support the continuing growth and opportunity of institutions in the UK.

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Degree classification: statement of intent

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

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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Flexible learning: the current state of play in UK higher education

Report
26 October 2018
Analysis undertaken as part of UUK's project on the economic case for flexible learning, setting out the experiences of higher education institutions in providing and developing flexible learning opportunities, including the challenges and opportunities.

Lost learners

26 October 2018
A report exploring the socio-economic profile of the prospective students who have considered, but not pursued, part-time higher education since 2010.

Briefing: student contracts

Briefing
1 August 2018
A briefing exploring the development of student contracts and sets out recommendations for good practice

The financial concerns students

The financial concerns of students

Report England
20 June 2018
Research by the National Education Opportunities Network and Portland Communications for Universities UK, which finds that students need better information about tuition fees and student loans when deciding to apply for a university course.

Growth and choice in university admissions

Report
4 June 2018
Analysis of trends in student admissions since 2010, which finds that as undergraduate acceptances have increased, average student attainment has also risen.

Universities UK response to the subject-level TEF consultation

Report
22 May 2018
Based on the proposals set out in the consultation and feedback from the pilots to date, Universities UK is concerned that a viable subject level TEF would require substantial changes to either of the current options.

Events

Tackling online harassment

17 Jun 2019, 09:30 - 17:00

Mental health: A whole university approach

11 Jul 2019, 09:30 - 17:00

Blogs

First thoughts on Augar: plenty to discuss, but we must protect opportunity and choice

30 May 2019
Universities UK's Director of Policy Chris Hale takes a first look at the Augar review's long-awaited recommendations.

Women studying

University disciplinary processes under the microscope

8 February 2019
Ian Hynes, CEO of Intersol Global, discusses steps universities can take to improve their disciplinary processes.

News

Top-up guarantee needed from government if fees are cut, warns UUK

30 May 2019
Responding to the review of post-18 education and funding's publication, Universities UK is calling on the government and next prime minister to consider fully the potential consequences of the recommendations for students and our higher education sector.

Universities acting to close BAME student attainment gap

2 May 2019
UK universities must show their commitment to university-wide change as they seek to eliminate the black, Asian and minority ethnic student attainment gap in UK higher education, concludes a new report by Universities UK and the National Union of Students

The team

William Hammonds

William Hammonds

Policy Manager
Universities UK