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Alistair Jarvis

Alistair Jarvis
Universities UK
Chief Executive

Alistair Jarvis was appointed Chief Executive of Universities UK in summer 2017.

Before taking up his current role, he was Deputy Chief Executive, and prior to that Director of External Relations at Universities UK. Before joining UUK in 2013 he was a Director at the University of Birmingham and has previously held communications, campaigning and political relations roles for national organisations in both the public and private sectors.

Alistair is currently a member of the Government’s high-level stakeholder working group on EU Exit, Universities and Research; a member of the Financial Services Skills Taskforce and sits on the steering group of the Industrial Strategy Council prosperity mapping project. He has previously held voluntary roles as Deputy Chair of the board of Wonkhe, a higher education policy media company; as a Commissioner of the UPP Civic Universities Commission; and as a member of the judging panel for both the Times Higher and Guardian University Awards.

He was educated at the Universities of Kent, Leicester and the Institute of Education, University of London. Alistair is a fellow of the RSA.

Recent media​

Leaving the EU with no deal would lay waste to British universities - The Times, 13 November 2018

Cut university fees and risk putting a cap on aspiration - Evening Standard, 7 November 2018

University expansion must not be held back by its elitist regressive critics – The Telegraph, 6 August 2018

Universities UK chief Alistair Jarvis: union’s pension demands will cost £1bn a year​ – The Times, 18 March 2018

Uni strikes risk students' learning - a new pension deal could stop teaching, jobs and research cuts –The i, 23 February 2018

Disruption to students is regrettable but we must not become the latest high-profile pension scheme to fail – Telegraph, 22 February 2018

May's review on tuition fees beats a knee-jerk policy change due to political pressure – Huffington Post, 19 February 2018

There is only so much uncertainty universities can take –​ The Guardian, 12 February 2018

Now the real work begins​ – Research Fortnight, 12 December 2017

Attracting world class leaders is crucial to our universities' prosperity. But on VC pay they need to listen – The Telegraph, 11 December 2017

University chief Alistair Jarvis calls for urgent clarity on post-Brexit visas – The Times, 20 October 2017

Theresa May is right to review tuition fees - but she must not cave to populist pressure – The Telegraph, 9 October 2017

Pensions – the importance of getting it right – Wonkhe, 2 October 2017

Universities need assurances over Brexit now​ – Times Higher Education, 1 September 2017

UK universities must ‘fight back’ against ‘malicious’ attacks​ – Times Higher Education, 30 August 2017

It’s time to tackle the crisis of confidence in our universities – Wonkhe, 29 August 2017

Brexit: It's crucial that universities are heard in the political debate – The Telegraph, 28 October 2016

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