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University leaders make the case for EU membership

27 July 2015
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Universities UK launched their Universities for Europe campaign today which will highlight how the UK’s membership of the European Union enhances university research and education and in turn benefits British people, the economy and our society.

At today’s launch event at University College London (UCL) speeches were given 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). ​

Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: “The UK’s membership of the European Union makes the UK’s outstanding universities even stronger - contributing to economic growth, employable graduates and cutting edge research discoveries.”

 “The Universities for Europe campaign will ensure that university sector is a strong, positive voice in the referendum debate. From today, universities want to inspire the debate on Europe and ensure that it is informed and strengthened by evidence.” 

“Universities UK is committed to ensuring that the significant benefits of EU membership to our universities – and through them, to the British people – are properly explained. Over the coming months the campaign will promote powerful evidence and highlight compelling stories about the benefits of EU membership and universities will host public debates across the country.”


  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. For the latest campaign updates visit: www.universitiesforeurope.com

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Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

Media Relations Manager
Universities UK

Clara Plackett

Clara Plackett

Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK


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