The impact of leaving the European Union on education

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As we get closer to voting, many arguments build on whether the UK should stay or leave the EU. Points like, “Brexit” would be good for business, it would be bad for farmers, it would threaten the NHS and it would protect the NHS have been discussed and with all of this many UK’s universities have massively backed the ideas of staying.  But how does our decision impact the education systems?

Having collaboration across borders can cause better research impact. The majority of opportunities we face are global. This means that we need to work with other countries researchers to work on the opportunities we are given. The European Union is a big part of enabling this. Research carried out in collaboration has 50% more impact than research that is carried out by a single country. To make sure that our research continues to have a good impact, we should embrace the opportunities that the EU membership provides.

Being in the EU allows students to study abroad for both UK and EU students. The number of EU students in the UK is about 125,000, which is 5% of all students. This is estimated to have contributed £2.7 billion to the British economy as well as 19,000 new jobs. The Erasmus scheme also shows that over 200,000 UK students have studied at European universities. Leaving the EU will make fees rise drastically which students will have to try and pay.

Many people argue that if we leave the EU it will raise the number of young people being able to get jobs because of the drop in immigration. However, it has been found that if the economy were to return to normal, young and low-skilled people would be the most impacted overall. The drop of immigration will also hardly affect young people finding a job as the migrant worker contribute more to the economy in terms of taxes than they take out.

With all this information, I can see that leaving the EU will leave a big impact on students that are leaving school in the near future in many different ways.  But if we do end up leaving, all effects will not start to show until a few years go by.

Written by Tegen – our Education Recruitment Work Experience (aged 15)

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