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Public policy

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

General Election 2019

Ahead of the general election in December 2019, UCU has published a manifesto setting out six key areas for reform of post-16 education and looked at how the main political parties' pledges stack up.

Future of the Skills System

The Skills Commission, Policy Connect and Learning and Work Institute launched an inquiry investigating the FE provider base, employer needs, and the implementation of national policy at a local level.

The experiences of prison educators in England and Wales

A report for UCU by Professor Rosie Meek and Dr Gwen O'Connor at Royal Holloway University

Taylor review of modern working practices

In July 2017, the Taylor review published a report on modern working practices which recommended that workers should have a right to request more secure contracts from their employers.

Towards a National Education Service

Last year, the Labour party proposed a new National Education Service to provide 'cradle-to-grave learning, free at the point of use'. UCU has been examining these proposals and setting out its own principles and priorities for the creation of a new, progressive education system.

Review of post-18 education and funding

In February, the Prime Minister confirmed that the government would undertake a review of post-18 education and funding, with a stated aim of 'creating a joined-up system that works for everyone'.

Initial Teacher Education: response to consultation on strengthening QTS

In December 2017, the government launched a consultation on Strengthening Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Improving Career Development for Teachers.

Reshuffle January 2018

Following the conclusion of the government reshuffle, below is a summary of the most relevant changes affecting post-compulsory education.


Looking at UCU's policy on apprenticeships.

General election 2017

Ahead of the general election on 8 June, UCU produced its manifesto outlining a number of key areas for investment and reform in post-school education and invited political parties of all stripes to work with us in developing a vision for well-resourced and accessible lifelong learning across the UK.