Parliamentary briefings and submissions

We produce parliamentary briefings on a range of subjects based on the current legislative programme, our policy priorities and campaigns.

These include briefings on immigration and freedom of speech.

UUK-GuildHE letter to peers on Higher Education and Research Bill ahead of Report stage

2 March 2017
The president of UUK and chair of GuildHE have written to members of the House of Lords during Committee stage of the Higher Education and Research Bill.

HERB – Lords second reading

Response to minister's plans for higher education reform

Briefing
24 February 2017
Universities UK welcomes government amendments to the Higher Education and Research Bill.

UUK-GuildHE letter to peers on Higher Education and Research Bill priorities

19 January 2017
The president of UUK and chair of GuildHE have written to members of the House of Lords during Committee stage of the Higher Education and Research Bill.

Parliamentary briefing: Exiting the EU and science and research – general debate 19 December 2016

Briefing
20 December 2016
Only with the right support and investment from the government – through a combination of securing the best deal from the exit negotiations and domestic policy change – will universities thrive outside the European Union.

Universities UK response to government consultation on part-time undergraduate maintenance loans

17 December 2016
We welcome the proposed introduction of part-time undergraduate maintenance loans, and the positive direction of travel that they represent in relation to government policy towards part-time study.

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Universities UK response to government consultation on postgraduate doctoral loans

Consultations and responses
17 December 2016
We welcome the introduction of postgraduate doctoral loans, but have points to raise concerning their design and implementation.

Universities UK’s response to the government consultation, 'Schools that work for everyone'

12 December 2016
We support the government’s wish to raise standards and attainment in the school system and in doing so improve social mobility. This can be achieved through a number of partnership and engagement mechanisms with schools.

HERB – Lords second reading

Parliamentary briefing: Higher Education and Research Bill – House of Lords Second Reading

Briefing
30 November 2016
Briefing for the Second Reading in the House of Lords of the Higher Education and Research Bill, highlighting seven areas where Universities UK believes amendments are required​.

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Parliamentary briefing: the effect of exiting the EU on higher education

Briefing
22 November 2016
Our five key recommendations designed to ensure the continued success of the UK university sector following Brexit.

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Parliamentary briefing: House of Commons Report Stage and Third Reading – Higher Education and Research Bill

Briefing
17 November 2016
While Universities UK is supportive of new legislation in principle, our members still have significant concerns about many aspects of the bill which have remained unchanged during the Commons stages so far.

Blogs

General election 2019: what the parties say on higher education

27 November 2019
UUK's Karmjit Kaur takes a look at the policy commitments on higher education in party manifestos ahead of the general election.

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General election 2019: skills, jobs and opportunity

11 November 2019
UUK's Karmjit Kaur on the policies that all parties should commit to, to ensure UK universities remain a global success story.

News

UUK response to DfE announcement on action agreed to support students into their preferred universities

20 August 2020
Universities UK has responded to the Department for Education's announcement on the measures to support students into their preferred universities

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Record numbers of 18-year-olds and applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds accepted into university

13 August 2020
UUK responds to the record numbers of 18-year-olds and applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds that have been accepted into university in 2020

UUK response to government's higher education restructuring plan

16 July 2020
Universities UK has responded to the government's announcement on the higher education restructuring plan