Newcastle University commits £1.4m to support Erasmus in no-deal Brexit

The UK government and the EU will cover costs for places this academic year but the future of the scheme is uncertain

Newcastle University has pledged £1.4m to support Erasmus programmes in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

If the UK leaves the EU on October 31 without a deal, the EU and the UK government will cover the cost of Erasmus programmes for the rest of the academic year, but the future of Erasmus in the 2020/21 academic year is much less clear.

The decision from Newcastle would secure places for almost 400 students to study aboard in the 2020/2021 academic year. The university would also continue to receive students from partner institutions in the EU.

I want to reassure you that my department is open to continuing to be part schemes like Erasmus+. But we have to prepare for every eventuality, and it is sensible to consider all options
– Gavin Williamson


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During his speech to the Universities UK conference in September 2019, education secretary Gavin Williamson said: “I want to reassure you that my department is open to continuing to be part schemes like Erasmus+. But we have to prepare for every eventuality, and it is sensible to consider all options.”

Prof Richard Davies, pro-vice-chancellor at Newcastle University, said the move would “attract a diverse range of students into Newcastle”.

Newcastle has relationships with over 150 institutions across Europe. In August, the Scottish and Welsh governments wrote to the department for education to raise concerns about the future of the Erasmus programme.

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