One in five universities worried by effects of no-deal, poll finds

Cambridge University. Pic: Archant library

Cambridge University. Pic: Archant library - Credit: Archant

Universities are concerned about the impact a no-deal Brexit could have on areas such as student recruitment, research and staff, according to a poll.

A survey by Universities UK (UUK) of 75 institutions across the country found nearly one in five (19%) are extremely concerned about the possible effect of a no-deal exit.

In addition, 63% are "very concerned" about the possibility and 19% are "slightly concerned".

Asked where a no-deal Brexit could have the most significant impact on their institution, 32% cited student recruitment while 27% said the biggest effect was likely to be felt in access to research programmes and other funding.

Just over one in ten (11%) think there will be issues with contracts and supply chains, and around nine per cent said the most significant impact would be staffing issues.


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The survey did find that all institutions polled are at least slightly prepared to leave the EU without a deal.

Half said they are "very prepared", just under half (47%) are "slightly prepared" and two universities are "fully prepared", it shows.

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Professor Julia Buckingham, President of Universities UK, said: "Despite working tirelessly to offset the potential implications of no-deal, such an outcome could leave an indelible footprint on the higher education landscape for years to come."

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