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Prime minister’s exit leaves universities all at sea

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The future of research in the UK has been plunged into further uncertainty following prime minister Theresa May’s resignation as leader of the Conservative Party.

Her announcement last week that she would stand down in June leaves question marks over multiple important pieces of work, including the post-18 education funding review being led by Philip Augar, future relationships with the European Union on research, and the UK’s post-Brexit immigration policies.

Athene Donald, a physicist at the University of Cambridge, told Research Fortnight that the prime minister’s departure “compounds uncertainty”.

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