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​

The growing challenges facing USS - HEPI, 4 March 2021

Students should apply for university next year with confidence - The Times, 12 October 2020

History tells us now is a good time to go to university - City AM, 18 August 2020

Universities face a financial storm - that's why we need government help - The Guardian, 10 April 2020

Universities are responding magnificently to Covid-19 challenges - Wonkhe, 29 March 2020

To help 'left behind' Britain, more adults need to feel able to go to university - The Guardian, 2 March 2020

A message to Boris:help us to unleash the full potential of UK universities - Times Higher Education, 19 December 2019

The UK government should back the public by welcoming skilled migration - Times Higher Education, 10 December 2019

Students and the public must have confidence in university admissions - The Times, 22 July 2019

It’s time to supercharge degree apprenticeships - Wonkhe, 15 July 2019

The Augar Report- the good, the risks and the challenges - APPG, 2 July 2019 

Profile: Universities UK’s chief executive, Alistair Jarvis - University Business, 2 May 2019

Augar’s recommendations must be judged on how they benefit Britain - Wonkhe, 4 March 2019

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


Students in corridor

Government decision on student returns in England 'hugely disappointing for students'

13 April 2021
UUK's response to the government's decision to delay further student returns until at least 17 May 2021.

Joint letter from UUK, Student Minds and NUS on student returns

11 April 2021
With student and young people’s wellbeing at risk, universities are keen to ensure that students can experience the positive learning and wellbeing benefits of returning to Covid-safe campuses for the summer term.