Universities UK (UUK) is the representative body for the executive heads of universities in the United Kingdom.
Together with Higher Education Wales and Universities Scotland, it works to advance the interests of universities and to spread good practice throughout the higher education sector in the United Kingdom.
Universities UK's task is to support the work of universities and promote their interests. It works to deliver its mission by speaking out for a thriving and diverse higher education sector which creates benefits for all; providing and disseminating essential information; bringing people together to share knowledge and good practice.
Its web site is at http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/
For a list of members see http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/aboutus/members/Pages/default.aspx
Universities UK began life as the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom (CVCP) in the nineteenth century when there were informal meetings involving Vice-Chancellors of a number of universities and Principals of university colleges.
In 1918 the first consultative meeting of all Vice-Chancellors was held. At that time, the committee consisted of just 22 universities and university colleges. In 1930, Vice-Chancellors secured a mandate from their respective universities that "it is desirable in the common interests of the United Kingdom to constitute a Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals for purposes of mutual consultation".
Over the succeeding years the number of universities increased as a result of new universities being created and the change in legislation in 1992, which recognised the former Polytechnics as Universities thus doubling and diversifying the membership.
On 1 December 2000, CVCP’s name, logo and identity were changed to Universities UK in order to reflect changes which had taken place in the organisation in recent years.