24 Jun 2016
MillionPlus, the Association of Modern Universities, has today responded to the EU referendum result.
Professor Dave Phoenix, Chair of MillionPlus and Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University, said:
“UK universities have benefitted from Britain’s relationship with Europe and will face a period of adjustment. However they will undoubtedly be working to re-focus their strategic plans, reassure staff and support students. Nothing will happen quickly and universities will be making clear that EU students are welcome to study in Britain on exactly the same terms as now.
“The period of transition gives the government the opportunity to re-think its approach to international students by taking these students out of net migration targets, introducing new post-study routes, increasing research funding and making sure that universities are protected in funding terms and not disadvantaged in the global market. Universities will also want Ministers to negotiate agreements with other European countries to help ensure that the benefits to students and staff of studying and working in each other’s countries continue.
“Above all, universities must have a period of stability. Ministers should think long and hard about the merits of pushing ahead with the HE and Research Bill and the proposals in the BIS HE White Paper at the present time. The Bill has UK-wide implications and will introduce far-reaching changes to the HE and research architecture in Britain. Deferring Second Reading of the Bill in favour of a period of further reflection, consultation, stability and an increase in direct funding for teaching and research would be a sensible move that would be welcomed by many Vice-Chancellors and students.”
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