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Universities back staying in Europe

27 July 2015
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Today’s launch of the Universities for Europe campaign will set out why membership of the European Union makes the UK’s outstanding universities stronger – contributing to economic growth, graduate employability and cutting-edge research discoveries.

Universities UK is launching the campaign today (Monday 27th July) at an event at University College London with speeches by Chuka Umunna MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills), the Rt Hon Damian Green MP (Chairman of Conservative European Mainstream) and Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent and Universities UK president-elect).

Dame Julia Goodfellow will say in her speech today:  “It is abundantly clear that the UK’s membership of the European Union has an overwhelmingly positive impact on our world-leading universities, enhancing university research and teaching. UK universities are at the heart of the biggest knowledge producing region in the world – and we all benefit from that – individuals, the economy and society.

“The case for staying in Europe is about ensuring the future prosperity of the UK, it’s about maximising the chances of new discoveries that enhance the society in which we live, it’s about the UK’s standing in the world, it’s about British jobs and it’s about opportunities for British people now and in the future.”

“By supporting collaboration and breaking down international barriers, the EU helps universities to carry out cutting-edge research and make discoveries that improve people’s lives and enhance the UK’s global influence. The EU brings people together, helping to attract top talent to contribute to UK higher education and providing life-changing opportunities abroad for UK students and researchers to build global networks and enhance their cultural understanding. It helps universities to educate and employ local people, support home-grown enterprise and attract top European students who contribute to the UK economy.

“In the referendum debate, universities must stand up and be counted. We should be a powerful and positive voice on the benefits of EU membership.”


  1. The Universities for Europe campaign, led by Universities UK, will ensure that the university sector is a strong, positive voice in the referendum debate. The campaign will highlight how the UK’s membership of the European Union enhances university research and education which in turn benefits British people, the economy and our society. Over the coming months the campaign will promote powerful evidence and highlight compelling stories about the benefits of EU membership and will host public debates across the country working with partners in the university sector and beyond.​​

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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