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University research projects at risk of ‘collapse’ amid no-deal Brexit, union leader says (The Independent)

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‘A deal or no-deal Brexit is the biggest challenge facing higher education and the country’

Vital research and collaboration projects at universities are at risk of collapsing if the UK exits the EU without a deal, the leader of the largest union of higher education staff has warned.

Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), which has more than 100,000 members, said the fall-out from Brexit is the “biggest challenge facing higher education”.

A no deal could lead to significantly less access to research funding, a rise in academics leaving UK universities, and EU students could be left “in the lurch”, the UCU warned.

Her comments came after Brexit secretary Dominic Raab unveiled the first of his department’s contingency plans for a no-deal exit from the EU on Thursday.

And this week more than 700,000 signed The Independent’s petition calling for a Final Say on any Brexit deal.

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