Labour Research August 2016


Brexit and universities

The UCU lecturers’ union has called for safeguards to ensure a positive future for further and higher education following the vote to leave the EU. 

Writing in the Times Higher Education Supplement, UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said that as an international and outward facing sector with EU nationals making up 15% of university academic staff and 5% of students, there is a lot of concern about what may happen.

She called for a commitment that those EU nationals who are here now can stay. And she called for the government to establish the potential loss of research, social fund and fee income arising from Brexit, and to make sure that universities have sufficient public funding to continue to compete with the world’s best.