Policy Briefing

Brexit – what’s best for our universities and students?

13 Sep 2017

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, believes that it is crucial that the needs of the UK’s higher education sector are fully considered during the Brexit negotiations.

As set out in our report published in October 2016, the extent of the trade between the European Union (EU) and the UK’s universities is substantial.1 Since the triggering of Article 50, and the start of formal negotiations, it is increasingly important that the needs of the higher education sector are understood and appreciated by government.

This briefing highlights the key issues and outlines what the best deal for Brexit would look like to ensure that the interests, income, collaborations and reputation of the UK’s higher education sector are sustained during the negotiations and beyond.

Tackling these issues will help to support a sector that makes a significant contribution to the UK’s economy, exports and soft power. It would also offer continued access to EU students and staff, boost regional economies where universities are key players in promoting growth and workforce skills, and help protect the UK’s science base in the years ahead.

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