UK universities very concerned about No Deal Brexit: UUK

UK universities very concerned about No Deal Brexit: UUK

Three quarters of UK universities surveyed about No Deal Brexit are ‘very’ or ‘extremely concerned’ about the impact it will have on their institution, a study has found.

The in-depth study conducted by Universities UK looked at the sector’s preparedness in respect of no-deal, ahead of the proposed exit date from the European Union. A total of 75 universities responded.

The survey showed that 100% of universities were prepared for a no deal Brexit to some extent (52%  being fully or very and 47% just slightly).

93% of universities have encouraged EU staff and students to secure pre-settled or settled status.

Over 80% of universities are either ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ concerned about the impact a no deal exit will have on their institution.

61% of universities believe that either their student recruitment (34% or access to research programmes and funning (27%) would be most impacted by a no deal.

Some universities have even prepared, or considered preparing, stores of essential supplies.

Professor Julia Buckingham, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University London, said: “While the news that universities feel prepared for no-deal in some capacity is reassuring it is clear that the implications of exit under these circumstances remain largely unknown. It is in the government’s power to alleviate many of these concerns.

“Despite working tirelessly to offset the potential implications of no-deal, such an outcome could leave an indelible footprint on the higher education landscape for years to come.”

The survey revealed that 90% of universities have established which Erasmus+ mobility programmes will be covered by the European commission and which by the UK government guarantee. 95% have evaluated risks to key supplies and contracts.

Brexit has already seen changes to staff members and contracts

The potential impact of a no deal Brexit has already been felt by some UK universities and institutions.

The survey indicated that half of institutions have experiences a change in demand from EU students and more than 55% have experienced a change in the level of collaboration with overseas partners. Almost 60% have lost existing or potential staff members to overseas institutions.

Since the referendum vote in June 2016, Universities UK has worked with its members, the UK Government, and European partners on preventing any potential damage that Brexit may have, particularly a no deal eventuality.

In July 2019, Universities UK published a UK notice in which they evaluated the current implications of Brexit on UK Universities and also detailed areas that the UK Government can evaluate to safeguard against certain possibilities.

Pic: Frederick Tubiermont

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