Regulation of higher education


Effective regulation is essential to provide accountability for public funds, protect the interests of students and safeguard the reputation of UK higher education.

We are working closely with government, the national regulators and funding bodies and the Quality Assurance Agency to make sure regulation and quality assurance continues to be effective now and into the future and that there is a consistent approach across the UK.

We aim to ensure that:

  • there is consistency and comparability of arrangements across the whole of the UK
  • external quality assessment is proportionate, risk based and founded on effective institutional assurance arrangements
  • the sector maintains a shared and robust baseline of quality
  • regulation protects students against transient, negligent and poor quality providers


Copyright Negotiating and Advisory Committee

We also co-convene, with GuildHE, a group responsible for negotiating copyright licences on behalf of the higher education sector.


Education, consumer rights and maintaining trust: what students want from their university

Education, consumer rights and maintaining trust: what students want from their university

Report
21 June 2017
An assessment of how student perspectives of the student–university relationship are evolving in the context of a growing emphasis on market competition and consumer rights in higher education.

Briefing: Implementation of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017

Briefing
9 June 2017
The legislation is primarily concerned with the creation of two new bodies to regulate and fund higher education providers: the Office for Students (OfS) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Progress update on Bell Review recommendation on new higher education sector agency

19 May 2017
Statement from Universities UK, GuildHE, the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) on the implementation of the recommendations of the Bell Review.

Universities UK response to the Office for Students consultation on registration fees and other fees

14 March 2017
A fee-based approach to OfS funding will be an opportunity to strengthen accountability to the sector. However, as the costs of the OfS will also indirectly fall on students, fees and funding should be value for money, sustainable and proportionate.

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.

Report of the review group on UK higher education sector agencies

Report
31 January 2017
The group believes that the framework of recommendations set out in this report will create a more robust and effective sector agency landscape which meets the needs of its users.

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.

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.

Consumer rights and universities: findings of the Universities UK self-assessment exercise

Report
28 November 2016
A summary of the findings of a Universities UK ​self-assessment exercise designed to help universities evaluate their approach towards the requirements of consumer protection law.

Briefing: Revised operating model for quality assessment

Briefing
23 March 2016
Universities UK broadly supports the new risk-based approach to external oversight. It should enable resources in the system to be focused more effectively where they are needed.

Events

Political affairs in higher education forum 2021

19 May - 20 May 2021, 09:30 - 16:30

Blogs

The grades u-turn caused a ripple effect throughout education – it could be catastrophic for unis

25 August 2020
From over-stretched finances to lack of space and facilities, universities are facing a perfect storm of problems.

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How we communicate student finance needs a rethink

16 December 2019
NEON's Graeme Atherton explains why the cost of higher education needs to be communicated to students more effectively.

News

Students getting exam results

University admissions teams will 'pull out all the stops' this year

25 February 2021
Universities UK's response to the government's announcement on teacher assessed grades for 2021.

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Universities committed to promoting and protecting free speech

16 February 2021
Universities UK's response to the government's proposals for a Free Speech Champion and possible future legislation.

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