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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)​​

Life-changing research at UK universities could be days away from stalling

19 March 2019
Universities UK is calling on the government to take urgent steps to prevent the UK from losing out on hundreds of millions of pounds worth of research grants if there is a no-deal Brexit.

Professor Julia Buckingham CBE elected next President of Universities UK

15 March 2019
Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London, has been elected as the next President of Universities UK following a ballot of Universities UK's members.

Universities UK responds to new International Education Strategy to grow international student numbers

15 March 2019
Universities UK (UUK) welcomes the plans announced by the Department for Education and the Department for Trade for a new International Education Strategy, including its targets to grow international student numbers.