Home > About us > What we do

What we do

Graduation girls hugging

Universities UK is the voice of universities, helping to maintain the world-leading strength of the UK university sector and supporting our members to achieve their aims and objectives. 

We help to shape the higher education policy agenda, engaging directly with policy makers and other stakeholders. We maintain strong and proactive relationships with government, the private sector, the professions and sector agencies.

We believe that the diversity and autonomy of the UK's higher education sector is critical to its success. As such, we foster national and regional differences in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.

Our priorities

  • Promoting the impact and value of universities
  • Internationalisation and immigration
  • Influencing the future of research policy
  • Promoting the student experience
  • Driving innovation, skills and growth
  • Managing the impact on universities of Brexit

Strategic plan

Our strategic plan sets ​out the four aims that will underpin the work of Universities UK in the period 2013–​2018.​

​​​​​Annual report and accounts​

Our annual report and consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2017​ (PDF)​

PM speech on education to mark launch of post-18 education and funding review in England

19 February 2018
UUK comment ahead of the Prime Minister's speech announcing an independent review of fees and student finance.

UUK response to Treasury Committee recommendations on government's major review of university funding

UUK response to recommendations on major review of university funding

18 February 2018
UUK responds to the Treasury Committee recommendations on the government’s major review of university funding

UK produces world-leading research

9 February 2018
Universities UK data shows that research from UK higher education institutions is highly respected across the world and brings in billions of pounds to the economy.