EU academics’ resignations hike sparks ‘Brexodus’ fears

More than 2,300 European Union academics have resigned from British universities over the past year amid concerns over a ‘Brexodus’ of top talent in higher education, writes Lizzy Buchan for the Independent.

New figures show a 19% increase in departures of European staff from universities last year compared to before the EU referendum, and a 10% rise from some 2,130 resignations in 2015-16.

Prime Minister Theresa May has urged EU citizens to stay in the UK after Britain leaves the bloc but prolonged uncertainty over post-Brexit rights has made some academics fearful for the future, critics warn. It comes after a report from the British Academy warned that the UK’s world-leading university sector could be under threat due to prospective changes to immigration rules after Brexit, with subjects such as modern languages and economics facing the greatest threat.
Full report on the Independent site