BIS: Statement on higher education and research following the EU referendum

Statement from Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, on higher education and research following the EU referendum.

The UK has some of the best universities and researchers in the world, and international students, academics and researchers play a significant part in that success.

As the Prime Minister set out last week, the government will continue taking forward the important legislation that was set before Parliament in the Queen’s Speech, including the Higher Education and Research Bill.

We understand that there will be questions about how the referendum result affects higher education and research. Many of these questions will need to be considered as part of wider discussion about the UK’s future relationship with the EU, but where we can provide further information, we will do so. The UK remains a member of the EU, and we continue to meet our obligations and receive relevant funding.

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson:

EU and international students make an important contribution to our world-class universities, and our European neighbours are among some of our closest research partners.