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Threat of no deal hangs over UK’s role in Erasmus+

A no-deal scenario would be “absolutely catastrophic” for the UK’s future participation in the Erasmus+ programme, the vice-president of higher education at the National Union of Students has said.

Amatey Doku, speaking at the House of Lords European Union Home Affairs Subcommittee on 12 December, said he seriously doubted whether the Erasmus+ programme would be top of the political agenda in the event of no deal being agreed with the EU on leaving the union.

Representing the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, Gail Armistead, associate director for global engagement at the University of Nottingham, told the subcommittee that the government needed to provide reassurance on whether its promise to underwrite the UK’s participation in the programme would extend to the 2020-21 academic year.

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