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.


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Briefing: English devolution

Briefing
28 January 2016
English devolution is a complex and evolving policy process, and universities should have a central role to play.

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Parliamentary briefing: Response to the Higher Education Green Paper

Briefing
19 January 2016
This briefing summarises Universities UK's response to the consultation on the Higher Education Green Paper, 'Fulfilling our potential: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice'.

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Parliamentary briefing: Freedom of speech on campus

Briefing
24 November 2015
This briefing covers some of the legal and other considerations for universities on the matter of freedom of speech on university campuses.

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The Higher Education Green Paper – one-page summaries

Briefing
13 November 2015
A collection of one-page summaries covering the key themes from the Higher Education Green Paper.

Future approaches to quality assessment in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: consultation response

Consultations and responses
18 September 2015
Need to reform the quality assessment system and are broadly supportive of the proposals set out by the funding councils

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Quality, equity, sustainability: the future of higher education regulation

Report
12 February 2015
Quality, equity, sustainability makes recommendations for a new regulatory framework for higher education.

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Cost and benefit analysis project on immigration regulation

Report
11 July 2013
Higher Education Better Regulation Group (HEBRG) published the final report of the cost and benefit analysis project on Tier 4 student immigration regulation on 11 July 2013.

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Review of non-HE regulatory landscape and its impact on HEIs

Report
30 November 2011
This report was delivered to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in November 2011, and is based on research undertaken on behalf of HEBRG by Capita Consulting.

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Provision of information about higher education: outcomes of consultation and next steps

Report
16 June 2011
This joint report by Universities UK, GuildHE and the Higher Education Funding Council for England sets out how to improve the accessibility and usefulness of information about higher education.

Review of external examining arrangements in universities and colleges in the UK: Final report and recommendations

Report
7 April 2011
An outline of the final recommendations of the review of external examining arrangements undertaken by UUK and GuildHE.

Events

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

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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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