The funding timeline for the UK’s Turing exchange program is “deeply problematic”, the University Council of Modern Languages has warned, as legislators say it fails to measure up to the EU's Erasmus+ scheme.
Members of the House of Lords highlighted the "total uncertainty" ahead for the Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 programs, while colleagues warned of the implications of a no-deal Brexit, in a debate in the chamber on Monday.
The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee has called on the UK government to clarify its plans for the country's future access to Erasmus, warning that it would be a "formidable challenge" to try to replicate the EU’s programs.
A Lords Select Committee wants a new strategic government unit to safeguard the UK's soft power assets and called for foreign students to be omitted from the net migration count. Other recommendations include the British Council and overseas embassies becoming more engaged in promoting British English and culture.
An eight-hour debate in the House of Lords this week revealed serious concerns over an immigration bill that would introduce a number of measures affecting international students, including an annual NHS levy for migrants and compulsory checks by landlords of tenants' legal status.