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What we do

Universities UK is the collective voice of 137 universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Our member universities' core purpose is to maximise their positive impact for students and the public both in the UK and globally through teaching, research and scholarship. We are led by our members and act on behalf of universities.

Our priorities

  • Opportunity - anyone with the will and potential to succeed, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to transform their lives through accessing an outstanding learning experience at a UK university.
  • Impact - UK universities are world-leading in the production and application of knowledge and skills.
  • Trust - through demonstrating positive impact on students’ lives, economic growth, public services and civil society, UK universities benefit from widespread public trust and political support.
  • Global - UK universities are global leaders in international education and research.
  • Autonomous - UK universities are free to make autonomous decisions according to their diverse missions and the needs of their students and communities.

Strategic plan

Our Strategic plan 2018-23 World-leading impact (PDF) ​sets how we plan to deliver these priorities.

​​​​​Annual report and accounts​

Our annual report and consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 July 2019​ (PDF)​​

Universities UK’s response to NUS’ open letter on student renters

2 April 2020
UUK and our members are working hard to support all students and ensure that no-one is unfairly impacted by the Covid-19 virus.

Universities UK response on health students' support for NHS frontline

20 March 2020
Responding to the government’s emergency legislation, which included an announcement on nursing students and allied health profession students being asked to support the NHS amid the coronavirus outbreak