However, changes in the policy, funding and operating environment made it
timely to review the current framework of agencies, and to consider how they
might best meet the needs of universities and other stakeholders in the future.
This report sets out the findings and recommendations of the
review of the UK higher education sector agencies landscape, launched in March
2016 by Universities UK and GuildHE. It sets out the background and context to
the review, providing a concise overview of the landscape as it appeared to the
review group, the issues confronting agencies and the concerns emerging from
The review group met five times and an extensive programme
of engagement with stakeholders was carried out over the course of the review,
particularly with the sector agencies themselves.
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.