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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.
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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