Sally Hunt on how Brexit risks an exodus of EU students and academics

Feb 23, 2017, 12:01 AM

The role of British universities as places for building and nurturing multicultural communities might be at a risk as a result of Brexit. Canada has recently overtaken the UK as the most desirable destination for EU students, and the number of those applying for early deadline courses via UCAS has dropped by nine per cent. And it doesn’t look much different for the teaching staff as the University and College Union found that 76 per cent of EU academics working in Britain are now more likely to consider leaving the country and a third of them already know of fellow academics leaving the UK. To get some insight into how universities, their students and staff are feeling about this we brought on Sally Hunt, who’s the general secretary of the UCU. We discuss what a multicultural campus offers its students and what is needed, especially from Theresa May in her government, to sustain this.

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