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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.

Front cover of Beginning the conversation report on domestic abuse and COVID-19

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.

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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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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.

Blogs

Tackling racial harassment on campus: we must do better

12 March 2020
Universities must do everything they can to set clear cultural expectations, and take action to eradicate hate, writes Professor David Richardson.

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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

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New guidance on mental health and wellbeing – supporting staff and students more important now than ever

18 May 2020
UUK has published a refreshed version of its strategic framework, Stepchange: mentally healthy universities, calling on universities to prioritise the mental health of their students and staff

Universities UK response to NUS letter calling for 'no detriment' exam policy

14 April 2020
Universities recognise the exceptional circumstances in which students are being taught and assessed and are ensuring that the qualifications students are awarded hold their value

The team

Charlotte Snelling

Charlotte Snelling

Policy Manager
Universities UK