Cambridge University reported that it had lost 184 staff from EU countries in the past year. Photo Credit: Antonio Olmos for the Observer

Fear of Brexit brain drain as EU nationals leave British universities

Article in The Guardian
5 June, 2017

Facilitating mobility and guaranteeing mobility rights is the best way to ensure retention of academic staff.

“More than 1,300 academics from the European Union have left British universities in the past year, prompting concerns of a Brexit brain drain.

There has been a 30% rise in departures of EU staff in just two years, according to data released by dozens of universities under the Freedom of Information Act…

Sally Hunt, the general secretary of the University and College Union, said: “These findings are worrying and highlight how damaging the government’s refusal to guarantee the rights of EU staff can be. Theresa May may wish to style herself as the strong and stable candidate, but she is creating dangerous insecurity in our universities.

“By its very nature, higher education is international, and the exchange of knowledge across borders is critical to its success. If we are to preserve our global reputation for excellence, our universities must be unencumbered when it comes to attracting and retaining overseas staff and students.”

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