Exiting the EU: challenges and opportunities for higher education Contents


Higher education in the UK is a world class sector: our universities rank amongst the best and produce highly-regarded research, making them attractive to international students and staff. The UK’s impending exit from the EU has created significant uncertainty as links between our universities and those on the continent run deep. If the Government does not address the specific concerns within the HE sector, there is a risk that Brexit will damage the international competitiveness and long-term success of our universities.

The Government’s negotiations with the EU are now beginning. We have suggested a number of areas upon which it should prioritise, and also made recommendations for new directions outside of the negotiations:

By following the steps we recommend, the Government will ensure that higher education in our country can deal with the challenges of leaving the EU and be in position to take advantage of local and global opportunities.

21 April 2017