Firstly it is important that so many people took part in the debate and took the opportunity to engage and to vote as part of this historic process, including our own students and staff.
The University clearly supported the Remain campaign because of the clear benefits we see being a member of the European Union gives.
Higher education is about learning from all and working collaboratively. It is not, and never has been, about closing and restricting the frontiers of knowledge, innovation and invention.
It is too early to predict the implications the result could have on the University and the Higher Education sector as a whole, so we will examine developments closely and will await to see what the impact may be.
Needless to say we will be exploring all avenues and opportunities to ensure the University remains in a strong position for years to come.
Dame Julia Goodfellow, President of Universities UK said:
“Leaving the EU will create significant challenges for universities. Although this is not an outcome that we wished or campaigned for, we respect the decision of the UK electorate. We should remember that leaving the EU will not happen overnight, there will be a gradual exit process with significant opportunities to seek assurances and influence future policy.
“Throughout the transition period our focus will be on securing support that allows our universities to continue to be global in their outlook, internationally networked and an attractive destination for talented people from across Europe. These features are central to ensuring that British universities continue to be the best in the world.
“Our first priority will be to convince the UK Government to takes steps to ensure that staff and students from EU countries can continue to work and study at British universities and to promote the UK as a welcoming destination for the brightest and best minds. They make a powerful contribution to university research and teaching and have a positive impact on the British economy and society. We will also prioritise securing opportunities for our researchers and students to access vital pan-European programmes and build new global networks.”