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UK inquiry to look at impact on HE post-Brexit

The UK’s parliamentary education committee has announced it is launching an inquiry into the impact of Brexit on higher education.

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The impact of Brexit on university research and funding will not be covered by the inquiry

The inquiry will look at the implications of the UK leaving the European Union for EU students and staff studying and working at universities in England.

“The committee also aims to examine the effect of Brexit on the reputation of England’s universities and ask how they can remain competitive,” according to the government website. It will also look at the future of Erasmus+.

“There are fears that Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union will have a negative impact on higher education”

“There are fears that Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union will have a negative impact on higher education,” said Neil Carmichael, chair of the education committee.

“Concerns range from being able to attract the brightest students from across Europe to making sure UK universities maintain their places among the world’s best.”

Academics, university leaders, students and others are invited to contribute written submissions to the inquiry, said Carmichael, with the aim of examining opportunities for higher education post-Brexit and considering “what the government’s priorities should be for the sector going into the negotiations with the EU”.

University research and funding as a result of Brexit will not be covered by the inquiry.

Student loan funding has been so far guaranteed for EU students up until the 2017 student intake.

The UK’s chancellor, Philip Hammond, has also told universities and businesses that they will “have certainty” over future EU funding, including research support.

Written submissions for the inquiry will be accepted until November 11.

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