UK Further and Higher Education in the Best of the Web UK Directory

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.

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Students

A forum for Members of Parliament and Peers to discuss and gain understanding of the range of issues affecting students in further and higher education.

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.


Social enterprise for online mentoring to help organisations identify, reach and inspire young people.

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.

Buxton & Leek College

College of Further and Higher Education operating at their campuses and facilities in Buxton, Derbyshire, Leek, Staffordshire and Derby, Derbyshire. The College is part of the University of Derby.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Access to Higher Education

What the government’s doing about access to higher education.

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.

Exporting Education UK

A cross-sector group of UK organisations involved in international education which have come together to promote the value of the sector to the UK and its contribution to the UK’s long-term competitiveness in the global economy.

FE Week

Weekly newspaper serving the UK's further education sector.

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 University Guide

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

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 Academy

National body which champions teaching quality and provide value to the HE sector by focusing on the contribution of teaching as part of the wider student learning experience.

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.

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 Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE)

Aims to promote the option of starting your own business as a career choice amongst students and graduates. Includes information for both educators and students, plus details of awards and programmes.

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

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

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

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

National Student Survey

Compiles annual statistics on university student satisfaction levels. hefce

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.

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.

Student Gems

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


Aims to provide information and advice on all forms of post-16 education, including apprenticeships, gap years and armed services training.

Study Abroad: England

Directory for students looking for classes and internships in England.

Study UK

The national association for independent providers of higher education, further education and professional training.


Responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK. Provides a directory of every UK course available, plus extensive information on the application process and clearing process, for students, parents and HE staff. UCAS_online

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

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.

Welsh Education Research Network -

Project joint-funded by the ESRC and HEFCW which endeavors to build research capacity in Schools of Education and allied departments in HE. Includes project reports.


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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