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Response to Lords report on impact of EU membership on UK science

20 April 2016
House of Lords

Universities UK responded today to a House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee report looking at the impact of EU membership on UK science.

One of the report's conclusions is that the UK is a leading voice in the development of EU science policy, but could lose this strategic influence in the event of a vote to leave.

The committee's inquiry found also that the UK is one of the EU’s top performers in terms of securing competitive funding streams awarded on the basis of research excellence.

The Committee’s report also looked at ‘alternative scenarios’, considering what UK science might look like in the event of Brexit.
Dame Julia Goodfellow, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent, who gave evidence to the committee, said: “The UK would lose influence on EU science policy in the event of a vote to leave. This would be bad for the EU, and it would be bad for the UK.

“Membership of the EU allows UK and European researchers to pool their resources, expertise and data to achieve more together than they could do alone. It is good for our universities and good for the science and research that improves people’s lives. Outside the EU, we risk cutting ourselves off from unique support and networks and undermining the UK’s position as a global leader in science and innovation.

“The evidence shows that our universities and research are significantly stronger within the EU.”

Key Contacts

Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

Media Relations Manager
Universities UK

Clara Plackett

Clara Plackett

Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK

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