Our work in parliament – overview

Universities UK works on behalf of its members to maintain strong relationships with political parties in parliament and to influence policy change.

Our work includes:

  • lobbying to make sure that government and party policies are beneficial for universities

  • maintaining good contacts with key MPs, peers, advisers and researchers

  • submitt​ing written evidence to select committees

  • producing briefings for MPs to inform debates in both Houses

  • hosting regular and timely events to update parliamentarians on key higher education issues

We also support our members by briefing them ahead of meetings with parliamentarians and advise on opportunities to speak directly to MPs on issues that concern them.

Our current priorities include:

Universities UK also provides the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary University Group.​

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 prime minister’s speech on adult learning and skills

29 September 2020
Commenting on the Prime Minister's speech on adult learning and skills, Professor Julia Buckingham, the President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University London, said it could benefit millions of adults

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