BREXIT and tuition fees for EU students next year


Vice-chancellors from the Universities UK umbrella group have pledged to pressure the government to ensure European staff and students can still work and study in the UK after the vote to leave the EU, reports the BBC.

The Russell Group of top research universities, which get £500m a year in EU investment, says it will work with ministers to safeguard research funds.

There are currently 125,000 EU students here, entitled to similar loans to those offered to UK-based students, as well as research schemes and collaborative projects between the UK and European universities.

A recent study for UUK suggested EU students at UK universities generated £3.7bn for the UK economy and supported more than 34,000 jobs in the UK.

Meanwhile, UCL is among the first to confirm it will not change tuition fees for EU students next year.

President Julia Goodfellow said:"We should remember that leaving the EU will not happen overnight. There will be a gradual exit process with significant opportunities to seek assurances and influence future policy.

“Our first priority will be to convince the UK Government to take steps to ensure staff and students from EU countries can continue to work and study at British universities and to promote the UK as a welcoming destination for the brightest and best minds.

“They make a powerful contribution to university research and teaching and have a positive impact on the British economy and society. We will also prioritise securing opportunities for our researchers and students to access vital pan-European programmes and build new global networks.”

Wendy Piatt, director general of the Russell Group, said: "We will be working closely with the government to secure the best deal for universities from the negotiations to come so that we can continue to form productive collaborations across Europe."

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