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What we do

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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 to 2018.​

​​​​​Annual report and accounts​

Our annual report and consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2016​ (PDF)
Economic impact of UK universities

Increasing impact of world-leading university sector on jobs and growth should not be ‘taken for granted’, warn university leaders

16 October 2017
According to the latest study on the impact of the higher education sector on the economy – produced for UUK by Oxford Economics – universities now generate a knock-on impact of nearly £100bn (£95bn) for the UK economy and support more than 940,000 jobs

Statement on World Mental Health Day

10 October 2017
A statement from Professor Janet Beer, President of Universities UK, on World Mental Health Day.

Response to Prime Minister's planned review of English university funding

4 October 2017
Universities UK's response to the Prime Minister's planned review of English university funding.