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The Brightest Minds – why our universities need the vital contribution of EU staff

Life-changing research carried out in the UK could lose some of its brightest minds, unless they receive long-term clarity from the Brexit negotiations.​

The UK's globally successful university sector benefits enormously from its appeal to high calibre academics and researchers from around the world. This is certainly the case for the European staff working in our universities. 17% of academic staff and 6% of professional services staff at UK universities are from other EU countries.​

Universities UK is therefore calling on the government to ensure there are minimal barriers for non-UK university staff and students, as part of the reformed post-Brexit immigration system.

We would also like to see a government-backed drive to promote the UK's universities internationally, communicating a welcoming and consistent message that encourages talented staff and students to choose the UK.

Further resources

Download the foreword by Professor Janet Beer

​The Brightest Minds (PDF)​​​

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