Brexit impact on higher education: Committee publishes evidence

08 December 2016

The Education Committee publishes written evidence it received as part of its inquiry into the impact of exiting the European Union on higher education.

Submissions come from a diverse range of universities, including Cambridge, Sheffield Hallam, UCL and Birkbeck, businesses such as Zurich, individual students and academics.

The full list of 190 written submissions is available on the Education Committee website.

Chair's comment

Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the Education Committee, said:

"This written evidence from university leaders, academics, businesses and others highlights the degree of concern about the fate of UK universities post-Brexit. The evidence raises a variety of issues relating to freedom of movement, including the prospects for recruiting EU students post-Brexit and the future rights of EU staff to live and work in the UK. Concerns are also raised about how to maintain the UK as an attractive destination for EU and international students, about the financial viability of universities, and the need to ensure Britain can continue to compete on the international stage as a provider of world-class university education.

In our inquiry, we are determined to examine the opportunities for higher education post-Brexit and consider what the Government's priorities should be for the sector going into the negotiations with the EU. It’s crucial that we don’t allow Brexit to become a catastrophe for our university sector. We look forward to testing the evidence and questioning university leaders, academics, students, unions, and Ministers in our public evidence sessions in the New Year."

Inquiry background and focus

The Committee’s inquiry was launched in September and aims to explore the implications of UK's exit from the European Union for EU students and staff who want to come to England's universities to study and work and will consider what protections should be given to those who are already here. Similarly, it will look at the ramifications for Britons who want to work and study at higher education institutions in the EU.

The Committee also aims to examine the effect of Brexit on the reputation of England's universities and ask how they can remain competitive. The future of the Erasmus+ student exchange programme will also be examined as part of the inquiry

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