Skip to main content

Fighting privatisation in tertiary education

We have one of the fastest growing private sectors in Europe and the level of private investment in tertiary education in the UK is already far above the EU and OECD averages.

UCU is opposed to the privatisation of tertiary education. We think that the interests of our members, of the students and parents who are at the heart of education and of the wider society we serve, are best served by an education system that is funded and controlled by the public and that is democratically accountable to the citizens of the UK.

Privatisation is taking place through the use of PFIs in support services and facilities, through the government's encouragement of greater private industry involvement in funding and designing courses, but most notably through a new wave of public private partnerships between colleges and universities and private sector training and education providers.