Speaker: Professor Riordan, Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University
The implications of Brexit in whatever form are deeply significant for UK universities. Worries about a downturn in applications by EU students have perhaps been assuaged by a UK Government assurance that they will continue to pay the same fees as domestic undergraduates and will remain eligible for the same loans and grants. But according to the Association of University Directors of Estates “EU research funding generates more than 19,000 jobs across the UK and £1.86bn for the UK economy. This equates to 14% of all UK income from research grants.”
Professor Colin Riordan has been President and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University since 2012 and was previously Vice Chancellor at Essex and Pro Vice Chancellor at Newcastle. He has published widely on post-war German literature and culture: but he hasn’t yet told us how he voted in the Brexit referendum. Either way, his views on how UK universities should handle the post-Brexit world will be informed and authoritative.
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