Supporting universities to deliver skills, growth and improve lives



To strengthen the economy and drive social mobility, the next prime minister should pledge to support the UK’s universities, which generate £95 billion for the country’s economy and support more than 940,000 jobs across the nation.
 

Universities UK is highlighting five policy issues that the next Conservative party leader should support to enable if universities to maximise their positive impact economically, socially and culturally and continue to rank as global leaders.

  • Immigration – the removal of barriers to recruiting and retaining international students and staff.

  • Student experience – including committing to promoting policies to encourage access to university and supporting student mental health and wellbeing outcomes.

  • Science, research and innovation – a commitment to meeting, or beating, research and development investment targets to enable continued excellence in these fields.

  • Sustainable funding – universities must have sustainable funding to continue world-class teaching, delivered in a way which supports continued student mobility across the UK. Funding cuts would negatively affect opportunity and impact all four nations of the UK and overseas.

  • Brexit – an effective post-Brexit settlement must be reached, avoiding a ‘no-deal’ departure and ensuring continued partnerships and exchange between the UK and its EU partners.



News

Majority of adult learners would upskill at university if given the chance

21 October 2020
New polling by Savanta ComRes for Universities UK has revealed that 82% of prospective students in England who are either unemployed, at risk of unemployment, or looking to learn new skills would be keen to study individual modules of a university degree.

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

Blog

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Funding for adult learners will boost the UK's economic recovery

30 September 2020
UUK's Julie Tam takes a look at the prime minister's announcement of a lifetime skills allowance, and what it means for the economy, society, and individuals.

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.