Higher Education in London

MQT on 2016-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2016
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Brexit poses a number of concerns for the HE sector in London, notably the potential impact and loss of students from the EU, access to shared knowledge and lecturers from the EU and research funding of which the UK did disproportionately well. How will you ensure that London's universities remain good quality institutions with sufficient funding?


Answer for Higher Education in London

Answer for Higher Education in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have already started working closely with London's higher education institutions to mitigate the risks of the vote to leave the EU. My three priorities for government in the shorter term in this area are to: secure the long term status of EU nationals in the UK; clarify its funding policy for EU students starting in 2017/18; guarantee the UK's future contribution to EU research programmes. This is important for London HEIs: around 17% of university staff and 12.3% of postgraduate students are EU nationals; our HEIs are some of the most successful in attracting EU research funding. Our message is clear: London is Open.