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Government ‘must show ambition’ for future of universities

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Leaving the European Union without a deal would have damaging implications for UK universities’ staff, students and research, vice-chancellors have warned, weeks before a crucial parliamentary vote on Brexit.

Speaking less than two weeks ahead of a parliament vote on the government’s proposed Brexit deal, Alistair Jarvis, chief executive of the vice-chancellors’ group Universities UK, said failure to agree on a deal would lead to enormous uncertainty for the thousands of EU staff and students at British universities and UK staff at European institutions.

The UK’s ability to participate in the EU’s research Framework programme would be at risk, Jarvis told a conference on 29 November. A no-deal Brexit could also reduce opportunities for UK students to study overseas through exchange programmes such as Erasmus +, he said.

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