Serving the full range of our members’ needs requires us to work across a wide variety of activities and issues.
Core benefits and services
Key services and benefits of UUK membership include:
Policy development, analysis and research
- Research, analysis and advice to inform policy positions, advocacy work and campaigns.
- Input to major consultations and reviews which shape higher education policy.
- Access to guidelines, toolkits, good practice and benchmarking material.
Advocacy and campaigns
- Advocacy and influencing to promote sector interests.
- High profile campaigns to promote higher education.
- Representing and promoting UK universities in Europe and internationally (through UUKi).
Representing the sector, influencing, and media and political engagement
- Access to networks and contacts across government and beyond.
- Lobbying on behalf of the sector in parliament to influence debates and legislation relevant to higher education.
- Influencing the media on a range of issues, often as the first port of call for journalists.
- Influencing and campaigning through social media, including via UUK’s Twitter account of 100,000 followers.
Providing information and member-specific services
- A regular members-only newsletter from the chief executive.
- Regularly convening members – both online and in-person – to discuss current or developing policy issues, new opportunities and challenges.
- Three Members’ Meeting a year and an Annual Conference addressing strategic issues across the UK.
- High quality and timely information and advice, including legal, technical and best practice guidance.
- Engagement with UUK task groups and policy leads which lead initiatives and advise on UUK policy development.
- A forum representing the interests of specialist institutions in membership of UUK.
- Opportunities for new vice-chancellors to engage with the challenges of being new in post and to network.
- Opportunities for mid-term vice-chancellors (3-5 years in post) to consider strategic challenges in the context of political and policy developments.
Supporting sector infrastructure
- Engaging with sector agencies to support members’ interests, including appointing members to sector agency boards.
Sector-wide negotiations and stakeholder engagement
- Engagement with sector-wide negotiations that deliver efficiencies and savings including pensions reform, accounting standards, copyright, student accommodation, and rating revaluations.
- Brokering international partnerships and scholarship programmes.
- Strong links with sector networks including the funding and research councils, the Committee of University Chairs, and the National Union of Students.
Providing sector services
- Hosting conferences, roundtables and seminars on topics of interest to the sector, including the annual International Higher Education Forum.