News | Published February 27 2019

UK universities face ranking fall after Brexit

Brexit could impact how UK universities are regarded worldwide an independent body that produce world university rankings said yesterday.

The QS World University Rankings, the world's most-consulted rankings of their kind, published their 2019 standings yesterday with UK universities now the top rated in 13 different subject areas, up from ten in 2018.

Despite the performance of UK universities improving on last year, the Director of Research Ben Sowter warned that Brexit could have a negative impact on their rankings in the future.

He explained: “UK research performance stays strong despite considerable funding cuts, though the contribution that EU research collaboration has made to this success cannot be understated.”

This year’s results, he said, serve as a “reminder of the enduring value provided by close collaboration with researchers, universities, and industry across the world”.

This collaboration comes in the form of partnerships such as Erasmus, a study-abroad scheme which allows students to complete part of their study in a different EU state for three to 12 months.

It was reported earlier this month by the BBC however, that UK students' engagement Erasmus could be under threat in the eventuality of a no-deal Brexit, because of the funding being withdrawn.

This was met with concern by Universities UK, who called for the government to "reconsider its decision".

Jeannette Felton, the managing of Stages Ltd, has been involved in the mobility and work experience thread of the Erasmus programme for many years.

In response to the news, she told The Parliamentary Review: "The Erasmus Plus Funded Project has enabled thousands of students to benefit from studying and gaining valuable work experience across Europe.

"Having worked with thousands of students it is obvious that the rewards to all concerned have been immense. It would be a very sad day if young people could not learn from their neighbours and the UK economy would be much the poorer.

"STAGES is expecting and hoping that the EU and UK government can continue to collaborate on this truly successful programme. To cease would be a backward move.”

Authored by

William Winter
February 27 2019

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