With 0.9% of the world’s population, the UK produces 15.9% of the world’s most highly-cited articles.
In 2013, the UK overtook the USA to rank first in the world by field-weighted citation impact (an indicator of research quality).
The UK’s scientific research institutions are ranked second in the world for quality.
As the government looks to minimise the turbulence and maximise the opportunities associated with leaving the European Union, universities can play a central role in driving inclusive economic growth locally, regionally and nationally; improving productivity as part of a new industrial strategy; and strengthening our international trade and diplomatic relationships across Europe and the wider world.
Increased barriers to recruiting European staff
Damage to international research collaboration
Increased barriers to recruiting European students
Loss of funding for research and innovation
Reduced outward mobility opportunities for staff and students
Only with the right support and investment from the government – through a combination of securing the best deal from the exit negotiations and domestic policy change – will universities thrive outside the European Union.