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UCU policy hub

As the key voice of practitioners in post-16 education, UCU seeks to influence education policy across a range of issues. These include structures in the sector, funding, quality, the curriculum, professional development, learner support and governance.

The union is represented on a number of educational bodies and makes regular representations to the government departments and sector government agencies and non-departmental government bodies. UCU offers advice to members on a range of professional issues. It campaigns for proper funding for the sector, a comprehensive curriculum offer for young people and adults and adequate training and professional development for sector staff and UCU members. 

Please see below for our key briefings on UCU policy and campaigning work.

Please contact Matt Waddup for further information.

Academic freedom

UCU is committed to promoting and protecting the academic freedom of its members and of UK higher education institutions, and campaigns locally, nationally and internationally against threats to such freedoms.


Policy and research from UCU on the funding of UK post-16 education.


UCU policy on the privatisation of post-16 education.

Public policy

UCU policy and research on government and other public policy agendas.

Brexit deal referendum consultation

UCU is consulting members on whether to support a second referendum on the final Brexit deal negotiated by the UK government. The consultation will be run for UCU by Electoral Reform Services (ERS) and will begin on Monday 3 September and close in mid October.

Teaching & research

Policy briefings and research on teaching and research in UK colleges and universities.

Widening participation

UCU policy and research on widening participation in post-16 education.