Achieving stability in the UK higher education sector following COVID-19

Achieving stability in the higher education sector following COVID-19 is Universities UK's proposal to the government for a balanced package of measures designed to maximise universities' contribution to the economy and communities.

Universities are central to the development of skills, knowledge and research, and drive regeneration, social mobility and innovation. The impact of COVID-19 significantly risks universities' ability to contribute to the UK economy, which could have a lasting impact on post-virus economic recovery.

This paper, proposed to senior cabinet members in the UK government, highlights the likely damage to higher education without mitigations and support, and proposes a balanced package of measures and actions needed to ensure universities can weather the serious financial challenges posed by COVID-19.


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