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Brexit impact: change won’t happen overnight, UK universities assure students

We should remember that leaving the EU will not happen overnight – there will be a gradual exit

education Updated: Jun 28, 2016 18:50 IST
Gauri Kohli
Gauri Kohli
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Universities of Birmingham and Southampton have reassured students that they are doing their best to reduce the impact of Brexit.
Universities of Birmingham and Southampton have reassured students that they are doing their best to reduce the impact of Brexit.(Handout image)

Changes won’t happen overnight, universities in the UK reassured international students worried about repercussions on studies after Brexit .

A statement by Dame Julia Goodfellow, president of Universities UK, has said, “We should remember that leaving the EU will not happen overnight – there will be a gradual exit process with significant opportunities to seek assurances and influence future policy. Throughout the transition period, our focus will be on securing support that allows our universities to continue to be global in their outlook and internationally networked. Our first priority will be to convince the UK government to take steps to promote the UK as a welcoming destination for the brightest and best minds.”

Talking about the impact on funding schemes, a University of Birmingham spokesperson says, “We will endeavour to provide clarity on the pressing issues as soon as we can and would like to reassure staff and students that the vote to leave the European Union does not mean there will be any immediate material change to the UK university sector’s participation in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus Plus. As a university community we already are planning together for the changes that will be ahead to ensure we remain an ambitious, outward-looking, global university.”

The University of Southampton is also reaching out to students globally on the issue. “We recognise that this could be an anxious period for many people either considering or currently studying and working at the University of Southampton. Until there is further clarity, we would like to ensure you that we are doing our best to understand the issues and reduce the impact where possible,” says a spokesperson from the university.

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