Recovery, skills, knowledge and opportunity: A vision for universities

Covid-19 has had - and continues to have – a unique and extraordinary impact on all of our lives. The years ahead are set to be a time of unparalleled change, challenge, and opportunity. 
Universities will be at the heart of not just a recovery, but new ways to invest in our people and local communities, our world-leading research and creating a more equal, healthier, and sustainable future for the next generation. 

The UK government will be making significant decisions on the future of higher education in its next spending review and response to the Augar review. In this vision we set out how universities can step up and lead the way when it comes to the levelling up agenda, skills, social justice, research and creating new opportunities for everyone – from local communities to the global stage. 

UUK's vision for universities can be read in full, here

UUK has also published a shorter briefing note alongside the vision, which is available here


UUK response to government’s interim response to the Augar review, post-qualifications admissions consultation and TEF

21 January 2021
UUK has responded to government’s interim response to the Augar review, post-qualifications admissions consultation and TEF

Universities UK publishes recommendations for reforms to make university admissions fairer and more transparent

13 November 2020
Universities UK [UUK] is today publishing its Fair Admissions Review recommendations, which will build greater levels of transparency, trust, and public understanding in admissions practices.


Two people are sitting next to each other at a computer, one is teaching the other a new skill

Laying the foundations for a skills-led recovery

29 January 2021
​Following the publication of the UK government’s Skills for jobs white paper, Greg Wade, UUK’s policy lead on innovation, growth, employability and skills, studies its proposals and makes the case for a ‘whole skills approach’.


Pathways and flexibility are key to supporting lifelong learning

18 December 2020
Dave Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University, argues that if we are to facilitate lifelong learning and avoid ‘educational dead ends’, universities must play a core role in qualification design.