Futures Forum: Brexit: and Exeter University
As reported earlier this week:
Top UK universities consider new campuses in Europe
Vice-chancellors, fearing a loss of research money and students post Brexit, are on an EU charm offensive
Anna Fazackerley Tuesday 6 September 2016
Prof Steve Smith, vice-chancellor of Exeter University, also in the Russell Group, says: “We are thinking: ‘Do we need a presence in another European country?’ Right now this is talk over the coffee cups. We’ve never been in favour of campuses elsewhere, and there are legal issues that might put us off. But we want to support our research base.
“In a way the core point is not the money. What really matters in modern science is the collaboration. We would be damaging ourselves if we weren’t making it as easy as possible to work with those we collaborate with most.”
Top UK universities consider new campuses in Europe | Education | The Guardian
Earlier, East Devon's MP Hugo Swire had voiced concerns during a parliamentary debate:
Higher Education and Research Bill (19 Jul 2016)
Hugo Swire Conservative, East Devon
The right hon. Gentleman will have heard what my hon. Friend Amanda Milling said, citing Sir Steve Smith, the vice-chancellor of Exeter University. He will also be aware of the huge number of overseas students at Exeter University, which make it one of the leading universities in the country, if not in the world. I know that the Minister shares my view about visas, but does he not recognise that in this period of uncertainty—not just because of Brexit, but because of visa restrictions—many universities are living in a state of fear? They are worried about European funding for various projects, as well as uncertainty about the visa regime.
Higher Education and Research Bill: 19 Jul 2016: House of Commons debates - TheyWorkForYou
Hugo Swire | Member of Parliament for East Devon
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