Brexit university ‘brain drain’ warning

MPs say that universities need to have certainty about the future of EU staff and students.

 

University staff from EU countries should be guaranteed a right to stay and work in the UK after Brexit to avoid a "damaging brain drain", says a report from MPs.

 

The education select committee wants urgent steps taken to end uncertainty over the future status of EU academics.

 

The MPs also want overseas students to be taken out of migration figures.

 

Committee chairman Neil Carmichael said Brexit risks damaging universities' "international competitiveness".

 

About one in six academic staff in the UK is from EU countries.

 

The cross-party committee of MPs, investigating the potential impact of Brexit on the higher education sector, heard warnings about the negative impact if EU staff, worried about their future status, were poached by universities in other countries.

 

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