Welsh Affairs

Part of International Women’S Day – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 2nd March 2017.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central 3:31 pm, 2nd March 2017

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. As I said, 17% of Cardiff University’s academic staff are EU nationals. Universities across Wales, and indeed across the UK, are concerned that we will lose not only EU national teaching staff, but UK national teaching staff who have EU spouses, because they will leave the UK to work abroad.

The Welsh higher education sector represents everything to which a global Britain should aspire—a world leader punching above its weight, and ready to work with its friends across Europe and the world. We need to applaud this success, but also to recognise that it is not inevitable. We have a responsibility—a positive duty—to provide the environment in which Welsh higher education not just survives, but thrives.