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Brexit: the significance of the vote for universities
In this special report, University World News gathers together its coverage of news and its published commentaries relating to universities’ concerns in the UK’s EU referendum debate.
A narrower, more parochial UK?
The United Kingdom’s referendum to decide if it will stay in or leave the European Union will take place on Thursday 23 June. What could the impact of a UK vote to leave the EU be on international students? Would it deter EU students from studying in the UK and could these numbers be made up from elsewhere?
A Brexit vote would signal ‘You are not welcome here’
A “leave” vote is just another way of saying “they are not the same as us”, not equal, not to be trusted. It will be perceived as insular and unwelcoming. As a result mobility will falter, classrooms and laboratories will become less diverse, co-operation will become a little rarer, and exchange and reciprocity will be replaced by sales and barter.
Who will plug the funding gap in the event of Brexit?
With many universities now depending on European Union funding for a significant portion of their research budgets, can people be confident the United Kingdom government will make up the shortfall?
Look at the bigger picture – Brexit is about democracy
The United Kingdom’s referendum on membership of the European Union is not about funding for individual laboratories; it is about democracy. Those defending the status quo should ensure that they do not disguise political and cultural preferences for economic and scientific necessity.
EU research contributes £1.86 billion to UK economy
European Union research funding generates more than 19,000 jobs across the United Kingdom, £1.86 billion (US$2.6 billion) for the UK economy and contributes more than £1 billion to gross domestic product, according to new figures published on Friday by Universities UK.
Damage to science is softening free movement stance
Concern over the impact on participation in Europe’s prestigious Horizon 2020 research projects is shifting Swiss public opinion on free movement of workers from the European Union to a more pragmatic view, two years after the Swiss referendum “against mass immigration” in February 2014.
Universities ‘most exposed’ to Brexit – Moody’s
No doubt the ‘leave’ campaign will disagree, but universities would be among the most vulnerable public bodies if Britons were to vote to break ties with the European Union in the forthcoming EU membership referendum, reports the Financial Times.
Science could suffer from Brexit – Lords report
A powerful United Kingdom parliamentary committee has warned that Britain could lose high-level strategic influence over not only European but more widely international science policy in the event of a Brexit after the June referendum on continued membership.
Brexit could scupper EU investment funding for universities
Huge European Investment Bank loans to British universities – among the biggest recipients for higher education loans in Europe – could mostly dry up if the United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union in next month’s referendum.
Universities eye Brexit windfall
Australian universities are eyeing a multi-million-dollar windfall as opinion polls show a growing chance a looming British referendum will result in the country leaving the European Union, writes Peter Wilson for The Australian.
Brexit would threaten UK’s global science power status
Leaving the European Union would make it tougher for the United Kingdom to attract top researchers and would jeopardise its science leadership role.
Stay positive in EU vote, UK vice-chancellors told
A senior Swiss academic has called on United Kingdom vice-chancellors "to get out on the streets" and convince young British voters of the value of continued membership of the European Union. He said Swiss higher education and research suffered following its referendum which narrowly supported restrictions on free movement of people from other EU countries.
The starting gun is fired on Britain’s EU referendum
On 23 June British people will vote on whether to stay in the European Union. University groups have been quick to respond and they are being joined by the European students’ union.
VCs should stop panicking about Brexit
Universities are acting as vested interest groups, lobbying the press to push their pro-European Union agenda, but changes to the regulations show that British researchers can still cooperate with the EU after Brexit.