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University leaders to speak out on benefits of European Union membership

10 October 2015
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Speaking ahead of Monday's launch of the national IN campaign, the President of Universities UK has said that university leaders will speak out to highlight the positive impact that European Union (EU) membership has on our universities.

Dame Julia Goodfellow, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent, said:

“The UK's membership of the European Union makes our outstanding universities even stronger. Strong universities benefit the British people. The EU has a positive impact on our universities, enhancing university research and teaching, contributing to economic growth, employable graduates and cutting edge research discoveries.

“There is strong support across universities for European Union membership. Throughout the referendum campaign, university leaders will speak out to highlight how the EU supports universities to educate our future workforce, to pursuing ground-breaking research, to generate new knowledge and understanding and to drive innovation which leads to job creation, growth and cultural benefit.”

“As major employers and centres of knowledge and evidence universities have both the right and a responsibility to highlight the benefits of EU membership.”


  1. Spokespeople from Universities UK are available for media interviews on the benefits of EU membership for universities. Please contact the out of hours press phone on 07766997091

  2. In July 2015, Universities UK launched the Universities for Europe campaign to put universities at the centre of the EU referendum debate. The campaign will highlight the value of European Union membership to our universities and why this matters to British people, economy and society. Further details are available at www.universitiesforeurope.com

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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