UK Further and Higher Education

Action on Access

National provider of coordination and support for widening participation and access to higher education in the UK; with a guide to their advice and consultancy services, networks, and resources.

Agored Cymru

Offers flexible educational opportunities for learners of all ages and abilities, through a very wide range of institutions and organisations; provides a guide to qualifications available, with resources for students, providers, and employers.

Association for University Research and Industry Links

Professional association representing all practitioners involved in knowledge creation, development and exchange in the UK and Ireland. auril_office

Association of Colleges

Promotes the interests of further education colleges in England and Wales. Provides details of current campaigns, policies and advisory work, plus college key facts.

Best A Level Results

Table representing A level results for independent and state schools and colleges.

Brightside UNIAID

National charity that aims to broaden access to further and higher education opportunities for young people. Includes details of their e-mentoring scheme, teaching resources for schools and universities, and online tools about higher education, careers and money.

British Accreditation Council

Provides a quality assurance scheme for independent further and higher education in the UK; includes a listing of accredited colleges, and background on the scheme and the sector.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education

Official website offering a guide to government policies for higher education in England.


Edinburgh University Data Library, designated a national data centre by the JISC; provides online access to a range of online data. Includes details of services and how to register.

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges [EAUC]

Promotes sustainability for universities and colleges in the UK. Includes leaders' programmes, resources, newsletter and annual conference details.

Excellence Gateway

An online service for people working in the post-16 learning and skills sector in England, offering resources, support and advice, news, and links.

FE Week

Weekly newspaper serving the UK's further education sector.

Find Examiners

Provides a tool to enable universities to easily find external examiners.

Further Education South West

AoC SW promotes and supports the interests of all further education FE colleges in the region. The website is designed to enhance the support AoC SW provides to our member colleges.

Getting In

Offers university help when applying and doing things such as creating a personal statement. Also offers GCSE and A level revision. gettingin2

Provides details about career opportunities for graduates, gap years, and general education news. University Guide

In-depth information for students and parents including university course tables, ratings, news and expert advice.


One of the two recognised representative bodies for Higher Education in the UK; includes a list of members, with a description of its role and activities, networks and support, news, and contacts.

HEDD - Higher Education Degree Datacheck

A secure online verification service allowing users to verify the degree qualifications of graduates, and to check that a university or college is recognised as a degree-awarding body by the Government at a given time since 1990.

HERO: Teaching Quality Information

Provides information about higher education, universities and teaching quality standards in the UK. Includes advice and essential contacts.

Higher Education Funding Council for England

Information on the work of the council in promoting and funding teaching and research in universities and colleges in England. Also features latest publications and events.

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Provides details of this council's remit, plus FAQs, training information and lists of publications.

Higher Education Policy Institute

The UK's only independent think tank devoted exclusively to higher education. Contains publications, events listings and news.

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

The official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative information about higher education.

Higher Education Wales (HEW)

Represents, promotes, and supports Welsh Higher Education Institutions (HEIs); includes news, details of publications and events, and contacts.

JISC Digital Media

Provides support and training to the Further and Higher Education sector on creating and managing digital media resources to support teaching, learning and research. Provides a guide to their services and helpdesk, with case studies and contacts.

JISC Legal

Works to ensure that legal issues do not become a barrier to the adoption and use of new information and communications technologies in further and higher education. Includes details of their advice and guidance service, with an online library of resources for the sector.

Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

Provides support and advice on leadership, governance and management for UK universities and Higher Education colleges; includes details of services, networks, resources, and contacts.

Learn Higher

Provides free teaching and learning resources for staff and students across the FE/HE sector.

Learner View

Ofsted site which gathers views and experiences from students about their further education providers.

Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS)

Dedicated to the development of the learning and skills sector – colleges, private and voluntary sector training providers, and local authority adult education services. Includes a profile, with details of their support services and contacts.

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

Offers a range of resources and advice to help universities engage with the public.

National Learning Network

A collection of materials and learning modules covering academic and vocational subjects designed to enhance and support learning for FE (post-16) students; includes background to the project, case studies, and information about access.

National Open College Network (NOCN)

Offers a wide range of accredited, credit-based qualifications available through a very wide range of institutions and organisations; provides a guide to qualifications available, with guides for students, providers, and employers.

National Student Survey

Compiles annual statistics on university student satisfaction levels. hefce

National Student Survey

Annual survey in which final year undergraduates can provide feedback on their experiences.

Natspec: The Association of National Specialist Colleges

National voice for specialist colleges for students with learning difficulties and disabilities. Includes a college finder allowing prospective students to filter by specialist need.


National Education Opportunities Network; works to support those involved in widening access to higher education in the UK. neonhe

Office for Fair Access (OFFA)

Independent public body set up to safeguard and promote fair access to higher education. Describes the scheme, with sections for students, universities and colleges, and the press.

Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education [OIA]

Operates an independent student complaints scheme handling individual complaints against higher education institutions. About complaining, literature, news and reports, recent decisions and information for university administrators.

Online PhD UK

Provides information and support for future PhD students with information about UK universities offering online PhD programs. Online_PhD_UK

Source of university and college open day information in the UK.

Safe Colleges

Joint initiative from the LSIS and the BIS, providing guidance and guidelines on making college campuses safe.

Scotland's Colleges

Works to support and develop the further education sector in Scotland; provides a guide to their activities and resources, training and professional development, subject networks, and contacts.

Society for Research into Higher Education

A UK-based international learned society concerned to advance understanding of higher education through research and scholarship; with a guide to their publications, conferences, events, and networks.

Student Gems

Freelance job search site designed to help students and recent graduates find short term freelance work.

Study Abroad: England

Directory for students looking for classes and internships in England.

UK Active Map of Universities and HE Institutions

Provides a map of UK indicating Universities and Higher Education Colleges with hyperlinks, provided by the University of Wolverhampton.

UK Research Office

Provides information and advice services on European Union funding for research and higher education organizations.

Undergraduate of the Year

Provides details of this annual contest which awards the best graduates across various categories with paid internships. ugradoftheyear


Government site providing the results of the latest National Student Survey and other statistics to help students choose a university or college.

Universities And Colleges Employers Association [UCEA]

Provides UK higher education institutions with a framework for discussion, and advice and guidance on a range of pay and employment matters. Includes news, publications, pay and conditions, and pay negotiation reports.

Universities Scotland

Represents and promotes Scotland's higher education sector. Includes articles, publications and list of member universities.

Universities UK

Representative body for the executive heads of UK universities. Includes policy information, parliamentary briefings, FAQs and details of events and publications.

University Mental Health Advisers Network

National UK charity working for people in higher education institutions who experience mental health difficulties. umhanuk


Supporting the professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes. Provides advice sections for both researchers and supervisors and also details the organisation's events and publications.


Aims to bring together higher education specialists, policy makers and politicians. Includes blogs and articles, as well as job listings. wonkhe

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