Brexit impact on higher education: UCL hosts Education Committee session

25 January 2017

The Education Committee continues its inquiry into the impact of Brexit on higher education with a public session at University College London. The Committee hears from the Provost of UCL and Vice-President of the National Union of Students, among others, and ask about the sector’s reaction to the Prime Minister’s Brexit speech.

Professor Michael Arthur, UCL’s President and Provost, and Sorana Vieru, NUS Vice-President (Higher Education), are joined by representatives of University and College Union, Erasmus Student Network UK, Universities UK, the British Council and London Economics.


Wednesday 25 January 2017, Haldane Room, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Panel One, from 9.15am

  • Dr Joe Beall, Director Education and Society, British Council
  • Rosie Birchard, Director of External Relations, Erasmus Student Network UK
  • Sally Hunt, General Secretary, University and College Union
  • Sorana Vieru, Vice-President (Higher Education), National Union of Students

Panel Two, from 10.15am

  • Professor Michael Arthur, President and Provost, University College London
  • Dr Gavan Conlon, Partner and Head of Education and Labour Markets, London Economics
  • Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Universities UK

Immigration rules and the future of UK research

The Committee is keen to hear the panel's views how changes to immigration rules could affect higher education in the UK. It also intends to ask the witnesses what the sector must do to ensure higher education gets a strong voice in negotiations and about the potential for a bespoke deal.

The future of science and research programmes and joint-initiates such as Erasmus+ is also be discussed, as are the opportunities of Brexit, including the potential financial advantages and possibilities for more global collaboration.

Chair's comment

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

"We are examining the risks and opportunities for higher education post-Brexit and considering how we ensure our universities continue to compete internationally and bring cultural and economic benefits to Britain. It is therefore fitting that we will be holding the second public session of our inquiry at a world-class universities such as UCL, where we are particularly looking forward to hearing from representatives of students.

A common theme in the evidence we have received so far has been an uncertainty about the Government’s position. It will be interesting to hear reaction from the sector to the Prime Minister’s speech and find out more about what their priorities are for higher education post-Brexit."

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