The Brightest Minds – the vital contribution of EU staff

Life-changing research carried out in the UK could lose some of its brightest minds, unless they receive long-term clarity from the Brexit negotiations.​

The UK's globally successful university sector benefits enormously from its appeal to high calibre academics and researchers from around the world. This is certainly the case for the European staff working in our universities. 17% of academic staff and 6% of professional services staff at UK universities are from other EU countries.​

Universities UK is therefore calling on the government to ensure there are minimal barriers for non-UK university staff and students, as part of the reformed post-Brexit immigration system.

We would also like to see a government-backed drive to promote the UK's universities internationally, communicating a welcoming and consistent message that encourages talented staff and students to choose the UK.

Further resources

Download the foreword by Professor Janet Beer

​The Brightest Minds (PDF)​​​

News

Government must act now or risk losing European students for years to come

5 October 2020
​Prospective university students from Europe must be given assurances that they will be given every opportunity to study in the UK, following one of the biggest changes to international student recruitment in a generation.

UUK response to announcement on changes to home fee status from 2021/22

23 June 2020
​In response to the UK government's announcement that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status from 2021/22, Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said:

​Time is running out to save Erasmus+: Losing study abroad scheme would blow a hole in UK economic prospects

9 March 2020
More than 17,000 UK university students are hoping that the UK Government can negotiate continued involvement in Erasmus+ in its trade discussions with the European Union so they can develop important and necessary skills overseas next year.