Health

Universities train and educate the healthcare workforce and carry out research which improves the health of the nation and drives growth. ​


 

Our universities train and educate tens of thousands of healthcare professionals every year, including nurses, doctors and midwives.

University-based health researchers are responsible for some of the most important global innovations, saving lives, and improving the health of our communities.

Universities also have an important role to play in the health and wellbeing of their own communities of students and staff.​

Our work in healthcare​

Our main areas of focus include:

  • delivery of the recent health professional education reforms​​​​

  • supporting student health and wellbeing at universities

This work is overseen by our Health Education and Research Policy Network, chaired by Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University.

Associated organisations

We work with the following associated organisations to support and promote the role of UK higher education in health:

Health professional education reforms

Working with the Council of Deans of Health, we are committed to the delivery of the 2017 funding reforms to nursing, midwifery and allied health professional education programmes. The changes affect 30,000 new students every year across more than 60 of our member institutions. The changes bring opportunities to better meet the needs of students and universities as well as the future workforce requirements of health and social care.​

Mental health in higher education

Universities have an important role to play in the health and wellbeing of staff and students. Universities UK has launched a programme of work to help improve mental health for Higher Education populations. The Mental Health in Higher Education group is working in partnership with Public Health England, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, expert voices from student services and activist charities such as Student Minds and it is chaired by Professor Steven West CBE. 

Guidance on the prevention and management of meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in higher education institutions

5 June 2017
Students in full time higher education are at higher risk of meningococcal disease than their peers. This publication summarises the issues facing students, staff, universities and colleges and their associated health services.

Student mental wellbeing in higher education: good practice guide report cover

Student mental wellbeing in higher education: good practice guide

Report
13 February 2015
For the teaching and support of students experiencing mental health difficulties was commissioned by us and produced by the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Working Group.

Report page

A picture of health and education

Report
5 July 2012
This report explores the vital connections between higher education and healthcare.

Managing meningococcal disease (septicaemia or meningitis) in higher education institutions

1 December 2004
Universities and colleges are increasingly aware that cases of meningococcal disease cause great stress on campuses.

Blog

World Mental Health Day – graduate wellbeing in the workplace

10 October 2017
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of mental health charity Mind, highlights the importance of bringing mental health from the periphery to the centre of what universities do.

Freshers' week and mental health: top tips for students and staff

29 September 2017
Ahead of Freshers' week, Gedminte Mikulenaite highlights some mental health and wellbeing tips for students and staff.

News

Response to Health Secretary announcement on new nursing training places

3 October 2017
Response to the Health Secretary's announcement that more than 5,000 new places on nursing training courses are to be created each year as part of government efforts to boost the NHS workforce in England.

Stepchange

New framework for universities to help improve student mental health

1 September 2017
The framework ­– part of Universities UK's programme of work to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff – is aimed at supporting university leaders to embed good mental health across all university activity.

The team

John de Pury

John de Pury

Assistant Director
Universities UK

Kristen Hindes

Kristen Hindes

Executive Assistant
Universities UK

Gedminte Mikulenaite

Gedminte Mikulenaite

Policy Officer (Mental Health)
Universities UK

Samuel Roseveare

Samuel Roseveare

Policy Researcher
Universities UK