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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. 

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

Horizon 2020: universities need clarity on UK participation in EU research and innovation programme

7 November 2017
Universities UK International's Peter Mason looks at the possible impact of Brexit on the UK's participation in the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. He looks at what's at stake and what universities need.

News

Brexit white paper

12 July 2018
UUK's response to the Brexit white paper.

 The team

Daniel Hurley

Dan Hurley

Policy Manager
Universities UK

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 sucessful 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.

Universities UK written evidence to the Education Select Committee inquiry on Brexit

Briefing
15 November 2016
Leaving the EU poses some major challenges for the UK higher education system, but the right support and investment from government – both now and in the future – universities can still thrive.