A report from Universities UK (UUK) suggests only a half of its members are properly prepared for a no-deal Brexit.
In response to the survey, 52% of universities said they were either ‘fully’ or ‘very’ prepared for the country to leave the European Union on October 31 without a deal.
The remaining 48% of members said they were ‘slightly’ prepared for a no deal scenario.
75 UK member institutions responded to the survey which asked 136 UK universities to comment on their preparedness.
Vivienne Stern, director of Universities UK International (UUKi), says however well-prepared individual universities are, there is a huge amount only Government can do – and where they have yet to act.
Prof Julia Buckingham, president of UUK and vice-chancellor of Brunel University, said: “While the news that universities feel prepared for no-deal in some capacity is reassuring it is clear that the implications of exit under these circumstances remain largely unknown. It is in the government’s power to alleviate many of these concerns.
“Despite working tirelessly to offset the potential implications of no-deal, such an outcome could leave an indelible footprint on the higher education landscape for years to come.”
Despite the sector’s preparations, the report suggests 80% of universities feel either ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ concerned by the prospects of no deal.
UUK have said a no-deal Brexit would impact the status of EU nationals entering the country after October 31. Without an agreement in place, EU citizens would need to apply for temporary leave to remain on entering the country and secure a visa if intending to stay in the UK for longer than three years.
Without a deal, the UK would no longer be able to access to Horizon 2020 or Erasmus+ programmes, and there is concern EU institutions may not recognise UK professional qualifications.
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