The UK’s universities want to provide students with a world-class education so that they can achieve their full potential.
UK universities enrol over 2 million students each year from the UK and around world, who study nearly 1,200 different subjects. In the 2017 National Student Survey 84% of students said they were happy with their courses. UK universities also consistently outperform their overseas counterparts in the International Student Barometer survey.
We aim to help universities to build on this success by:
ensuring the student recruitment system operates fairly and effectively to the benefit of all
helping the sector meet its responsibilities to current and prospective students in line with consumer rights standards
developing effective policy and practice that can continue to promote excellent teaching and learning
communicating the benefits of a university education and explaining what students can expect from their time at university through the media, events and political briefings
Supporting teaching and student choices
We are working closely with the Department for Education on the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework to ensure that it supports the continued development of good quality teaching across the sector.
We work with the Office for Students and national funders on the information provided to students so that they can make well informed choices. We also work with UCAS on admissions policy.
We host events and publish briefings on universities’ duties under consumer rights law. We assess contemporary policy issues and debates and track trends in student recruitment.
We also work on the wellbeing of students studying at university, including student mental wellbeing and student misconduct, crime and harassment.
This work is overseen by our Student Policy Network, chaired by Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton.