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Disadvantaged students at risk over Erasmus+ funding, says UUK

UK students could lose out on the opportunity to study abroad through the Erasmus+ programme after the UK government failed to guarantee funding in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

A technical notice updated by the government on 29 January now reassures students already studying in Europe on Erasmus+ placements, and those who have already agreed grants, that the government will underwrite their funding.

However, according to vice-chancellors’ group Universities UK, there is no guarantee that students who wish to study abroad after a no-deal Brexit but who have not already secured a grant will receive the same financial support. In 2016-17, more than 16,500 British students took up Erasmus+ placements.

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