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Brexit and UK universities

We are working with our members, the university sector and government on the implications for universities and students of the UK's vote to leave the EU.


British universities have a vital role to play in creating a successful, dynamic and internationally competitive post-exit UK.
Universities are central to driving inclusive economic growth locally, regionally and nationally; improving productivity as part of the Industrial Strategy; and strengthening international trade and diplomatic relationships across Europe and the wider world.

Brexit

Brexit FAQs
For information on the implications of Brexit for universities and students, please see our FAQs. 

A 'no deal' Brexit

Find out what a 'no deal' Brexit might mean for universities, and our recommended actions for government and universities to minimise risk. 

EU students FAQs (PDF)

For information about what Brexit may mean for EU students.

Policy priorities
How can the government ensure universities are best placed to maximise their contribution to a successful and global UK post-EU exit?  

 Blog

General election 2019: what the parties say on higher education

27 November 2019
UUK's Karmjit Kaur takes a look at the policy commitments on higher education in party manifestos ahead of the general election.

News

Majority of universities well-prepared for no-deal Brexit; but continue to fear negative impact

16 September 2019
Analysis has revealed more than three quarters of surveyed UK universities are 'very' or 'extremely concerned' about the negative impact no-deal Brexit will have, but most feel they are prepared for such an eventuality after taking widespread precautions

 The team

Daniel Hurley

Dan Hurley

Policy Manager
Universities UK

Briefing: Securing an effective post-Brexit settlement for UK universities

Briefing
14 November 2019
This briefing sets out what the government must do to secure an effective post-Brexit settlement where universities can maximise their contribution to a globally-successful UK

Guidance on transnational education regulation in the EU post-Brexit

31 October 2019
Universities UK International has worked with Farrer & Co to produce guidance on transnational education regulation in the EU

Brexit readiness checklist

21 October 2019
We've created a checklist to help higher education providers prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

cover of 'no-del exit briefing'

No-deal briefing

30 July 2019
This briefing sets out the consequences of exiting the EU without a deal and the stabilising policies required for the higher education sector.

Parliamentary briefing: backbench business debate on Erasmus+

Briefing
20 June 2018
A briefing for MPs ahead of a backbench business debate in the House of Commons on Thursday 21 June 2018 on future UK access to Erasmus+ and successor schemes.

Policy priorities to support universities to thrive post-exit

Briefing
1 March 2018
How can the government ensure universities are best placed to maximise their contribution to a successful and global UK post-EU exit?

Brexit briefing front cover

Increasing stability and certainty for universities as the UK prepares to leave the EU

8 September 2017
A briefing outlining what the government must do to provide greater short- to medium-term stability and minimise the risk of a damaging ‘cliff-edge’ scenario as the UK exits the EU.

Parliamentary briefing: House of Commons debate on exiting the European Union and global trade

Briefing
6 July 2017
A briefing to outline ways in which future free trade agreements could impact the UK university sector, and provide initial recommendations for the government in upcoming negotiations.

Free trade report front cover

Can free trade agreements enhance opportunities for UK higher education after Brexit?

Report
25 April 2017
The inclusion of higher education and research commitments in future free trade agreements could strengthen the position of UK higher education internationally.

International research collaboration after Brexit report

International research collaboration after the UK leaves the European Union

Report
25 April 2017
International collaboration is integral to creating world class research with impact, and it is vital that UK-based researchers have the ability, support and resources to collaborate with the best partners – wherever they may be.