Whatever our future relationship with the EU, we should do everything to ensure our universities continue to welcome students from around the world.
While we’re members of the EU, we have a reciprocal arrangement with 27 other countries – UK students studying abroad and EU students studying here are charged the same as home students. But uncertainty over the UK’s future tuition fees for EU students may already be forcing students from EU countries to study elsewhere.
The UK has guaranteed that EU student fees will not go up in the coming academic year (2019-20), but the government refuses to rule out fee rises the year after that.
Yesterday I asked Education Minister Chris Skidmore to guarantee student fees further into the future. A guarantee could continue reciprocal arrangements, giving certainty to the thousands of UK students who are hoping to study abroad. Foreign students bring so much to our universities, including new ideas and ways of working.
Watch the intervention here.