Brexit: Impact on Higher Education

October 16, 2017 at 9:30 am / by

Some of the most significant consequences of the vote to leave the European Union won’t be truly noticeable until ‘Exit Day’. However, there can be no denying that the trepidation created by the referendum has already impacted several key industries and export sectors. One of those is our higher education system, with the elite status of universities across London and the country threatened by a harsher immigration system and cancellation of programmes currently available through our EU Membership.

I was therefore delighted to attend a panel at King’s College London’s Humanities Festival in which we discussed the strategic challenges facing the sector. From replacing the funding streams available through programmes such as Horizon 2020, to confronting the impact on programmes such as Erasmus+, there was plenty to talk about. I also highlighted the consequences of uncertainty facing the thousands of EU nationals who teach and learn at our universities. They deserve certainty, and the Government has so far failed to provide it.