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What we do

Universities UK is the collective voice of 136 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 2018​ (PDF)​​

Majority of universities well-prepared for no-deal Brexit; but continue to fear negative impact

16 September 2019
Analysis has revealed more than three quarters of surveyed UK universities are 'very' or 'extremely concerned' about the negative impact no-deal Brexit will have, but most feel they are prepared for such an eventuality after taking widespread precautions

President's speech to UUK annual conference

13 September 2019
This year's Universities UK annual conference has taken place at the University of Birmingham.

Government is wrong to focus on future salaries – new survey of students and graduates suggests

12 September 2019
Polling by ComRes for Universities UK shows that students and graduates perceive university as providing a broad range of benefits.