Mission and purpose

GuildHE is formally recognised within UK higher education, representing a range of universities and higher education institutions, championing specialism and diversity as essential features of a world class sector.


It is our job to:

• Understand policy and its impact, informing institutions and the wider sector

• Think about higher education policy and to talk to those that make it;

• Have good ideas about how to improve what we and others do;

• Campaign for sectoral diversity, institutional distinctiveness and specialism;

• Be a creative, independent and trusted voice for UK higher education;

• Highlight the interests of our members and their communities;

• Identify, promote and share good practice.


In our work we will:

• Represent the views of our members proactively to Government, to funding bodies and other agencies;

• Influence, develop, shape and anticipate policy trends, engaging with ideas, evidence and opinion;

• Work with students in everything we do;

• Support members to work with business and their communities to help inform strategy, teaching, learning and research

• Champion our members, supporting their different missions and values as well as their creativity, dynamism and distinctiveness.