Ask your MP to support students post Brexit

In a climate where a hard Brexit is a continuing fear – especially for students who overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU in the first place – there are a number of key questions and issues that students will want answers to.

We’re calling on students write to their MPs to demand protecting the status of students coming to the UK; on prioritising student mobility in negotiations; and, on ensuring the quality of education we get in the UK is not put at risk.  

NUS will continue to make the case for students directly to the government and parliament as the Brexit negotiations get underway.

We've set out four key education priorities in the negotiations for students and the education sector, which any final deal should be judged against.

The UK’s Brexit deal must: 

  1. Ensure international students are welcome in the UK – a hard Brexit will continue the hostile approach to international students, who have become easy targets – both on campuses and through government policies. We believe urgent action is needed to show that international students are welcome. We also believe that international students must be removed from net migration figures if the government is genuine about creating the “truly global” Britain that they speak of.

  2. Provide urgent clarity for EU nationals – for academics who are EU nationals, there’s a lack of clarity about their continued employment and residence, it also affects students who are currently studying here. EU students are not bargaining chips. Students who are already here or who will begin courses in the UK before the UK has formally left the EU need urgent clarity about their status, and this should not be contingent on what the EU offers UK citizens.

  3. Maintain student mobility – Leaving the EU will threaten our continued participation in the Erasmus Plus programme and limits the transformational experience of studying and working abroad to those that can afford it. The Erasmus programme or alternative programmes like it should be a priority in negotiations. For Britain to develop a “truly global” approach we will need internationally literate graduates.

  4. Preserve UK-EU academic collaboration – a key priority for the Government in its negotiations must be to ensure years of academic collaboration on science and technology is not placed in jeopardy.