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Policy priorities to support universities to thrive post-exit

As government looks to minimise the turbulence and maximise the opportunities associated with leaving the European Union, British universities have a vital contribution to make to a successful, dynamic and internationally competitive post-exit United Kingdom.

Universities can play a central role in driving inclusive economic growth locally, regionally and nationally; improving productivity as part of a new industrial strategy; and strengthening our international trade and diplomatic relationships across Europe and the wider world.


However, leaving the European Union poses a number of significant challenges and concerns, including:

  • Increased barriers to recruiting talented European staff

  • Damage to international research collaboration

  • Increased barriers to recruiting European students

  • Loss of funding for research and innovation

  • Reduced outward mobility opportunities for staff and students

To ensure that British universities can maximise their contribution to a successful, post-exit UK, the right support is needed from government to address these concerns.

Universities UK has produced a briefing paper which outlines the policy priorities the government should deliver.

These priorities fall into three clear stages:

  1. Short-term transitional arrangements

  2. Exit negotiations

  3. Domestic policy changehttp://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/policy-and-analysis/brexit/Documents/brexit-briefing-final-june.pdf​

• Download the full briefing (PDF)​


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