19 Jul 2016
The value to the UK economy of higher education exports is significant. The UK’s science and research, and UK universities generally, are net contributors to the UK economy and must be considered as a key market which requires equal consideration in negotiations linked with trade.
The UK government must prioritise UK higher education, science and research as key areas of future trade with the EU. Ministers should liaise with the university sector to explore the merits or otherwise of engaging with the different models that may be available. Future arrangements in relation to the status and mobility of higher education students, staff and researchers need to be considered as part of the UK government’s negotiations.