Brexit impact on universities in the North and Scotland examined

07 March 2017

The impact of Brexit on universities in devolved nations and English regions is examined at a public session of the Education Committee at Northumbria University. The session focuses on the potential implications for their ability to attract students from abroad and the possible consequences for research funding.


Tuesday 7 March 2017, Great Hall, Sutherland Building, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

From 9.15am

  • Professor Tony Stevenson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Newcastle University
  • Shirley Atkinson, Vice Chancellor, University of Sunderland
  • Professor Andrew Wathey, Vice-Chancellor, Northumbria University
  • Alistair Sim, Director, Universities Scotland
  • Dr Peter Simpson, Director, N8 Research Partnership

The Education Committee has previously held sessions at Oxford University and UCL.

Focus of the session

The Committee hears from the Vice-Chancellors of Newcastle, Sunderland and Northumbria universities and the Director of Universities Scotland. The session is part of the Committee’s inquiry into the impact of Brexit on higher education.

Evidence received so far has suggested that Oxford University, Cambridge University and universities in London will continue to attract international and EU students, regardless of any changes in immigration policy. The Committee has also heard concerns that EU funding is spread more widely around the country, compared to UK funding research, which is regularly awarded to Oxford, Cambridge and London.

The Committee examines whether the Government should pay specific attention to universities away from London, Oxford and Cambridge. The session also explores the role of universities in the Government’s industrial strategy, particularly in regards to research and development investment.

Get involved

The session can be watched live and on demand online. A link will be made available on the Committee’s Twitter feed ahead of the session.

Students, university staff and members of the public can register to attend the session online.

Journalists wishing to attend should email Alex Gore at

Further information

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