Equality, diversity and inclusion

​We support and promote life-changing opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds at every university.

Universities tackling harassment

Everyone has the right to a rich, fulfilling and enjoyable university experience and so the safety and wellbeing of staff and students in higher education is vital. 

UUK is working with universities to make institutions safer places to live work and study so that no student or member of staff is subject to any form of harassment, intimidation or threatening or violent behaviour. Such an abuse is at odds with our values and the standards of behaviour expected in the sector. Our work includes the development of practical guidance to support universities: 


Universities driving social mobility

We aim to create a future in which 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.

UUK is working with universities to improve university access, participation and student success for underrepresented groups. This includes:

Directory of case studies

Changing the culture: directory of case studies

27 July 2017
A directory of case studies detailing responses from universities to the report of the Universities UK Taskforce examining violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students.

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.

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.

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Changing the culture: Report of the Universities UK Taskforce examining violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students

21 October 2016
The report of the Universities UK Taskforce to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students examines the evidence considered by the taskforce and makes a series of recommendations for universities and UUK.

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Guidance for higher education institutions: how to handle alleged student misconduct

21 October 2016
The report of the Universities UK Taskforce to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students examines the evidence considered by the taskforce and makes a series of recommendations for universities and UUK.

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Working in partnership: enabling social mobility in higher education – the final report of the Social Mobility Advisory Group

10 October 2016
The final report of the Social Mobility Advisory group identifies practical ways to address inequality in higher education. It calls for universities to work closely with schools, colleges, employers, students’ unions and charities.

Taskforce to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students: progress report no. 3

23 June 2016
Report of the third meeting of the taskforce to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students, on 10 June 2016.

Report of UUK-NUS roundtable on social action

8 June 2016
University vice-chancellors and other higher education leaders came together to discuss how to support the #iwill campaign’s 2020 goal of ensuring over 60% of 10–20-year-olds are engaging in meaningful social action.

Taskforce to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime: Report on the national seminar to inform the Taskforce’s work

19 April 2016
Universities UK (UUK) hosted a national day-long seminar to inform the work of its Taskforce to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students.

Taskforce to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students: progress report no. 2

6 April 2016
Report of the second meeting of the taskforce to examine violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students, on 16 March 2016.

Events

Blogs

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Covid-19 silver linings: how the pandemic has increased opportunities for disabled university students

15 July 2020
AbilityNet's Amy Low explains how new ways of working brought about by the pandemic have resulted in improvements in accessibility and inclusion for disabled university students.

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Culture in the age of Covid-19: why universities must take centre stage

10 July 2020
Professor Dinah Birch sets out how the University of Liverpool has ensured cultural experiences in the city remain on offer to communities during lockdown.

News

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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 latest UCAS data on university applications

9 July 2020
UUK responds to the latest UCAS which details a rise in the number of students applying to go to university, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The team

Daniel Hurley

Dan Hurley

Policy Manager
Universities UK

Fiona Waye

Fiona Waye

Policy Manager
Universities UK

Katy Haigh

Policy Researcher
Universities UK