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Study UK statement on the result of the EU referendum

24 June 2016

Study UK's Chief Executive Alex Proudfoot said:

"The British people’s decision to leave the European Union will have far-reaching implications for our sector and for the rest of society. We will work with the Government and its future leadership to ensure that the UK’s world-class higher education sector is properly recognised and protected during the coming negotiations. A Great Britain outside of the EU can and must remain a dynamic and outward-looking nation, and we look forward to working with Government and our partners across the education sector to enhance further the international standing of UK HE.

"The Government’s HE reforms will help to secure this position, and so our priority now must be the stability which will come from moving ahead with the current legislative programme, and securing the fit-for-purpose regulatory framework which the Higher Education & Research Bill creates and which our sector badly needs.

"British higher education has been a beacon for knowledge and scholarship for hundreds of years, sustained over seismic shifts in our economic and social landscape by its excellence and its ability to evolve. The sector today, newly invigorated by innovative independent providers and rightly proud of the diversity it offers, will continue to attract talented individuals from all over the world, and we are confident that Great Britain will continue to welcome them."



  1. About Study UK 
    Study UK is a membership association and the national representative body for independent providers of higher education, further education and professional training, with over 130 quality-assured institutions in membership. The representative body for a sector that covers university-validated higher education, industry-specialist vocational education, university foundation courses and study abroad programmes, Study UK works with a wide range of partners and stakeholders worldwide to represent the interests of the sector and its members.
  2. For further information or interviews, please contact Joy Elliott-Bowman, Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Study UK, on 020 7608 8453 or at joy.elliott-bowman@study-uk.org.

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