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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

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.