The Independent is reporting that universities are failing to attract international academics as a result of Brexit, MPs have warned, with many EU workers reportedly looking elsewhere for long-term employment
Dr Jo Beall, Director of Education and Society for the British Council, said the Government must take action “immediately” into securing the future of university research, or risk irrevocable damage to industry reputation.
Her comments were given alongside evidence presented to the Education Select Committee as part of an inquiry into the impact of Brexit on higher education.
Speaking on the panel with Dr Beall, representatives from the University and College Union, the Erasmus scheme, Universities UK and London Economics voiced fears over the future of university funding and said detailed reassurance was needed for EU students and staff living and working in the UK.
Sally Hunt, General Secretary of the University and College Union, which represents academics from thousands of universities across the UK, said the Prime Minister’s speech on Brexit negotiations had left many issues concerning the sector “unclear”.
“The sector feels, alongside many others, that those who are from the EU feel a sense of being unwelcome,” she added. “That’s something that the Prime Minister’s speech did not address”.
“Our EU national members feel very strongly that they are having to look elsewhere for long-term employment,” she said.
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