A socially responsible organisation

Universities UK will be a socially responsible organisation. We will actively pursue improvement, transparency, and accountability in addressing societal inequalities and challenges.

Universities UK will:

Take action to diversify our staff, foster an inclusive culture, and provide equitable opportunities for all.

Increase the representation of diverse voices in our work, enhance accessibility in our outputs, and consider the equality impacts of our positions.

Take the action necessary to become a net zero organisation by 2040, challenging ourselves to be ambitious in the pursuit of that goal.

Support and engage positively with our local communities.

Have the policies and processes in place to be a responsible and ethical business.

2030 challenges
and opportunities

UUK responding to future challenges

We must face up to and tackle the challenges within our organisation. In 2023, UUK has both gender and ethnicity pay gaps driven by representation at different levels of the organisation, and our staff body is not as diverse as it should be. We need to show leadership, knowing that we can only achieve the ambitions set out in this plan if we draw on the full range of people and talent in our communities. 

We must also play our part in responding to the climate crisis, reducing the environmental impact of our business operations.


mean gender pay gap in hourly pay


tonnes of CO2 from gas usage and travel in 2022

With thanks to Anglia Ruskin University, Brunel University London, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Coventry University, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Nottingham Trent University and the Royal College of Art for supplying images.

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