Campaign update: 9 January 2020
On 8 January 2020, MPs voted against New Clause 10 to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which would have required the Government to seek to negotiate continuing full membership of the Erasmus+ programme. Please see here for a statement from Universities UK International about this vote.
How can you join the campaign?
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Impact so far:
On 6 February 2019 Universities UK International and Universities UK launched the #SupportStudyAbroad campaign, calling on government to commit to funding study abroad opportunities in case of a no-deal Brexit, even if continued access to the Erasmus+ programme cannot be negotiated. The campaign reached 6.38 million people and achieved 16.56 million impressions on Twitter after only 2 weeks.
In September, Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson MP stated:
'I want to reassure you that my department is open to continuing to be part of schemes like Erasmus+. But we have to prepare for every eventuality, and it is sensible to consider all options. As such I have asked my officials to provide for a truly ambitious scheme if necessary.'
What do we need now?
So far, the government has said they are 'open' to participating in the Erasmus+ programme for future years and have guaranteed to replace grants awarded by the EU for studying abroad in 2019.
What we don't have yet – and what we urgently need – is a clear commitment to fund study abroad in the academic year 2020/21 and beyond, either through securing our participation in Erasmus+ OR, if necessary, by providing funding for a national replacement mechanism.
In 2017, Universities UK International launched the Go International: Stand Out campaign to double the percentage of UK students who study, work, or volunteer abroad as part of their degree.
So far, 98 universities have joined the campaign and pledged ambitious actions to help us reach this target.
The higher education sector recognises the significant value that study abroad opportunities hold for our students and our country. We need the government to recognise the same.
Find out more about the Go International: Stand Out campaign.