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Joint statement from UEA and University of Essex

Brexit signposts

UEA Vice-Chancellor Prof David Richardson and University of Essex Vice-Chancellor Prof Anthony Forster said: “The triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is the starting gun for the UK’s exit from the EU and there will be difficult negotiations over the next two years. Inevitably, there will continue to be uncertainty as these negotiations take place. As research-intensive universities with strong global links, we are committed to doing everything we can to protect international mobility for our staff and students, to secure the rights of our non-UK EU staff to work and live here, and to get the best possible deal to support research collaboration and funding.

“There is no doubt that European and international staff and students bring major cultural, social and economic benefits to our cities, towns and regions. In the East of England international students’ alone spend £368 million a year off campus and support 3,081 jobs in the region. There are also significant benefits for UK students of being part of a global community and we want to do everything we can to maintain opportunities for students from our universities to continue to experience living and studying in European countries and further afield.”