UUK has published its annual analysis of data on the UK higher education sector. The report focuses on applications, student demographics and graduate outcomes; staff backgrounds and expertise; and the income and expenditure of higher education institutions.
Main findings see increased demand for university places from 18-year-olds, with those from less advantaged backgrounds 49% more likely to apply than a decade ago, as well as increases in the number of BME and female professors. Read the report in full on the UUK website.
UUK has welcomed the report of the Joint Expert Panel (JEP), which was published last week. The JEP was established by UUK and the University and College Union (UCU) to independently review the 2017 valuation of the Universities Superannuation Scheme, including its processes and assumptions.
Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of UUK, expressed hope that the panel's findings will 'create the space for UCU and UUK to find common ground to conclude the 2017 valuation.' UUK will now consult with employers over the panel's findings, and has established www.ussemployers.org.uk to further support employers with their communications to staff on USS.
As part of UUK's joint project with the NUS to address the attainment gap that exists between white and BME students, we are hosting five evidence sessions for university staff, students and other stakeholders:
18 October – Aston University
30 October – UWE, Bristol
14 November – Glasgow Caledonian University
21 November – London (location tbc)
23 November – Yorkshire (location tbc)
Spaces are limited, so please contact Dan Hurley to attend.
UUK is seeking members' input to inform our response to the OfS consultation on its proposed new approach to access and participation regulation. UUK has been engaging closely with OfS, calling for an extended duration of the plans to allow universities to take a longer-term, strategic approach to the issues facing their own university community.
Please send your views or questions to Daniel Wake by Friday 28 September 2018. Input will be collated by UUK and anonymised where requested. Separately, we encourage members to respond on behalf of their own institution ahead of the OfS' deadline of 12pm on Friday 12 October 2018.
UUK supports the campaign for tougher action against essay mills (companies selling custom-made essays to students). They undermine the high standards of UK universities and are unfair to honest students. Sign the petition to take action.
UUK also responded to the MAC's report on the impact of migration from the European Economic Area (EEA): "we hope the UK government now develops promptly a reshaped immigration system that encourages talented international university staff to choose the UK".