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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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Student experience: measuring expectations and outcomes

Report
23 May 2016
There is a growing public and policy interest in the experience of and outcomes for students studying at university. This report aims to contribute to this discussion by exploring potential avenues for development.

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Parliamentary briefing: Freedom of speech on campus

Briefing
24 November 2015
This briefing covers some of the legal and other considerations for universities on the matter of freedom of speech on university campuses.

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Student mental wellbeing in higher education: good practice guide

Report
13 February 2015
For the teaching and support of students experiencing mental health difficulties was commissioned by us and produced by the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Working Group.

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Masters with a purpose: taught postgraduate employability and employer engagement

Report
15 May 2014
University-business collaboration in the design and delivery of postgraduate taught (PGT) courses is diverse and flourishing.

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Introducing Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

Report
3 October 2012
This report seeks official endorsement from Universities UK and GuildHE for the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) to be adopted sector-wide for students entering higher education in academic year 2012–13.

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Research report: Promoting the UK doctorate: challenges and opportunities

Report
23 July 2009
The publication of this report coincides with news that the Government is expected to announce plans to develop a comprehensive policy for postgraduate study.

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Research report: Taught postgraduate students: market trends and opportunities

Report
7 May 2009
This report underlines the importance of the taught postgraduate market in the UK: this group now constitutes almost a fifth of all higher education students in the UK and has grown very rapidly over the past decade.

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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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Proposals for national arrangements for the use of academic credit in higher education in England

Report
13 December 2006
'Credit’ has an increasingly important role to play in recording student achievement and also for providing support for students and their progression both into and within the education system.

Blogs

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Presenting university income and spending to students

21 October 2019
David Phoenix on the importance of universities presenting their financial information to students.

A-level results day and Clearing 2019: reasons to be cheerful

12 August 2019
As A-level results day approaches, UUK’s Daniel Wake looks at recent trends in university admissions, and provides some final information to applicants, who for the first time can choose to put themselves into ‘Clearing’.

News

Universities UK pledges new support for universities to take urgent action on tackling racial harassment

23 October 2019
Responding to the Equality and Human Rights Commission report on racial harassment in higher education, UUK has pledged to lead-cross sector action to support universities to take effective and urgent steps to prevent and respond to racial harassment

Survey demonstrates positive university progress in tackling harassment and hate crime, but highlights areas for improvement

9 October 2019
Almost 100 universities have been surveyed by Universities UK as a follow-up to its harassment and hate crime taskforce (Changing the Culture), exploring how institutions are addressing some of the challenges raised and acting on its recommendations.

The team

Charlotte Snelling

Charlotte Snelling

Policy Researcher
Universities UK