Recovery, skills, knowledge and opportunity: A vision for universities

Covid-19 has had - and continues to have – a unique and extraordinary impact on all of our lives. The years ahead are set to be a time of unparalleled change, challenge, and opportunity. 
Universities will be at the heart of not just a recovery, but new ways to invest in our people and local communities, our world-leading research and creating a more equal, healthier, and sustainable future for the next generation. 

The UK government will be making significant decisions on the future of higher education in its next spending review and response to the Augar review. In this vision we set out how universities can step up and lead the way when it comes to the levelling up agenda, skills, social justice, research and creating new opportunities for everyone – from local communities to the global stage. 

UUK's vision for universities can be read in full, here

UUK has also published a shorter briefing note alongside the vision, which is available here


University partnerships will help UK build back better faster

27 May 2021
​A new report is predicting that thousands of jobs, new businesses, and prosperity will be created across the UK through university collaborations with employers, local government, and other partners.

UUK response to government’s interim response to the Augar review, post-qualifications admissions consultation and TEF

21 January 2021
UUK has responded to government’s interim response to the Augar review, post-qualifications admissions consultation and TEF


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‘What’s good for the city is good for the university’: higher education’s vital role in the post-Covid recovery

27 May 2021
Reflecting on his role as chairperson of Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s Economic Covid-19 Recovery Board, Professor Zahir Irani outlines why universities must play a key role in the country’s post-pandemic recovery.

Two people are sitting next to each other at a computer, one is teaching the other a new skill

Laying the foundations for a skills-led recovery

29 January 2021
​Following the publication of the UK government’s Skills for jobs white paper, Greg Wade, UUK’s policy lead on innovation, growth, employability and skills, studies its proposals and makes the case for a ‘whole skills approach’.