Where’s the Brexit?

July 23, 2015

Outside the European Union, our universities could still cooperate with their EU counterparts and UK students could still study abroad. As home to many pre-eminent educational establishments, the UK will remain a key education partner of choice for the EU. Mutual recognition of qualifications would continue.

We could step away from the Jean Monnet Programme, which funds 1,500 professors to promote EU studies and we could stop EU bodies from targeting the young with integrationist public relations campaigns in schools. And the Scottish government would no longer have to subsidise free university tuition for EU nationals. Leaving the EU would also end the obligation on us to provide EU students with (often unrecoverable) student loans.

Will Podmore

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How many EU nationals take out student loans? And how many are 'not recoverable'? Most EU nationals do not qualify for student loans - they need to have lived in the UK min. 3 years prior to starting their UK education and not for the sole purpose of education. This means that they are likely to have worked and for example paid income tax and have built a life here - they are also presumably likely to stay after and will be eligible to repay. What is the situation if the UK leaves the EU for its nationals teaching and studying in the EU? I presume they also no longer can benefit from state-funded education (in most countries free or cheap)? WRT to the Jean Monnet Programme, why should we step away? The UK would be much less favourable to other EU institutions as its funding pool as part of the EU would significantly diminish - despite its current status. Research costs money; and the UK outside of the EU closes a lot of these funding streams and co-operation between universities.

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