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Support Study Abroad: Open Letter


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Dear Secretary of State for Education, The Rt. Hon. Damian Hinds MP

We, the undersigned, are writing to voice our collective view that it is essential that Her Majesty’s Government continues to fund study abroad opportunities for students in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The loss of the opportunity to study abroad would be a devastating blow for students in the UK, impacting their social mobility, employability and attainment. The recent Universities UK campaign on this issue points out that 17,000 students are due to study abroad next year as part of the Erasmus program. Our students and the UK workforce benefit from the enhanced opportunity, global outlook and connections that such programs provide.

That is why we call upon yourself, as Secretary of State for Education, to provide assurances that study abroad opportunities will continue to be funded by the Government in the event that we leave the European Union without a defined withdrawal agreement.

It is of course our preference that a deal can be reached to maintain the membership of the United Kingdom in the Erasmus+ Programme, and similar academic and research mobility programs currently in place through our membership of the European Union. However, in the scenario that this is not achievable then we seek your reassurance that ‘Global Britain’ is more than just a catchy slogan, and instead commits your government to supporting global opportunities for our students.

Sincerely,

James Hare, Academic Officer, University of York Students’ Union

 

Professor Saul Tendler, Acting Vice-Chancellor and President, University of York

James Durcan, Union President, University of York Students’ Union

Steph Hayle, Community & Wellbeing Officer, University of York Students’ Union

Finn Judge, Student Activities Officer, University of York Students’ Union

Zac Sheppard, York Sport President, University of York Students’ Union

Oscar Bentley, Environment and Ethics Officer, University of York Students’ Union

Sehrish Shafi, President, Graduate Students Association, University of York

Charlotte Chamberlain, Vice President Academic, Graduate Students Association, University of York

Amy Bullard, Vice President Wellbeing & Community, Graduate Students Association, University of York

Professor Karen Stanton, Vice Chancellor, York St John University

George Coombs, President of the Students’ Union, York St John Students’ Union

Steph Foxton, President of Education, York St John Students’ Union

Olivia Bowers, President of Wellbeing & Diversity, York St John Students’ Union

Professor Alex Neill, Vice-President (Education), University of Southampton

Samuel Dedman, Vice President Education, University of Southampton Students' Union

Evie Reilly, Vice President Democracy and Creative Industries, University of Southampton Students' Union

Isabella Camilleri, Vice President Welfare, University of Southampton Students’ Union

Emily Harrison, Vice President Student Communities, University of Southampton Students’ Union

George Walker, President, Durham Students' Union

Saul Cahill, Undergraduate Academic Officer, Durham Students' Union

David Evans, Postgraduate Academic Officer, Durham Students' Union

Meg Haskins, Welfare and Liberation Officer, Durham Students' Union

Charlie Walker, Opportunities Officer, Durham Students' Union

Sophie Bell, Vice President Education, Chester Students' Union

Sophie Atherton, Campaigns and Democracy Officer, UEA Students' Union

Jenna Chapman, Undergraduate Education Officer, UEA Students' Union

Megan Hatfield, Academic Affairs Officer, Aberystwyth University Students' Union

Luke Myer, VP Academic Representation, Edge Hill Students' Union

Molly Smallwood, LGBQ+ Officer, Edge Hill Students’ Union

Sally Patterson, Equality, Liberation and Access Officer, University of Bristol Students' Union

Evie Aspinall, President, Cambridge University Students' Union

Olivia Meisl, Education Officer, University of Manchester Students' Union

Clem Jones, President, Royal Holloway Students' Union

Jack O'Neill, Vice President Education, Royal Holloway Students' Union

Liam Jackson, President, Warwick Students' Union

Aaron Thompson, Union President, Kent Union

Cassie O'Boyle, Education Officer, University of Nottingham Students' Union

Emma Hodges, Sports Officer, University of Nottingham Students' Union

Malak Mayet, BME Officer, University of Nottingham Students' Union

Cassie Ulrich, Postgraduate Officer, University of Nottingham Students' Union

Amatey Doku, Vice President (Higher Education), National Union of Students

 

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