Home > Policy and analysis > Reports > Why invest in universities?

Why invest in universities?


Report page

Universities are essential for the UK's modern knowledge economy. The UK has a university sector that many other countries aspire to emulate.

Our academics are world leaders in research and innovation, our graduates are in demand worldwide, and our universities attract ​business and investment to all regions of the UK. 

However, in the absence of sufficient and sustained investment, the UK’s research base and university sector will fall behind key competitors. As the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review approaches, there remain a number of major financial challenges that must be overcome.

This publication highlights the powerful and positive contribution universities make to the economy, to society and to individuals – through, among other things, their world-leading research, their work with business and employers, and by helping students develop the skills they and the economy need. As the government’s latest spending review approaches, it sets out universities’ priorities and how government can support them.

​​
​​

News

New poll shows overwhelming support for an immigration system based on skills

10 December 2019
​A new poll has revealed that 80% of British adults agree that the UK's immigration system should allow scientists, academics and their support staff to work in this country at any stage of their career.

Universities UK welcomes UCAS figures on disadvantaged students

28 November 2019
Universities UK (UUK) today welcomes figures showing that disadvantaged students are 61% more likely to enter university now than they were ten years’ ago.

Blog

General election 2019: what the parties say on higher education

27 November 2019
UUK's Karmjit Kaur takes a look at the policy commitments on higher education in party manifestos ahead of the general election.

Seizing the opportunity to offer more people the chance of success through higher technical education

21 November 2019
UUK's Greg Wade on the 'missing middle' of level 4 and 5 qualifications, and shares UUK's recommendations for government.

City with blue sky

General election 2019: skills, jobs and opportunity

11 November 2019
UUK's Karmjit Kaur on the policies that all parties should commit to, to ensure UK universities remain a global success story.