Brexit: EU Students’ Tuition Fees - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:26 pm on 29th April 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Amos Baroness Amos Non-affiliated 5:26 pm, 29th April 2019

My Lords, I declare an interest as the director of SOAS University of London. I take note of the noble Viscount’s comments about the success of the UK higher education sector. Having travelled extensively in my job and having talked to alumni and prospective students, I can tell him that that success is now in spite of government policy rather than because of it. There is a big difference between rhetoric about global Britain and the actuality on the ground. Brexit and what is happening with visas and other areas of government policy are deeply damaging to the reputation of UK universities. Decisions need to be taken now in respect of tuition fees for EU students. I therefore press the Minister by asking when we can expect an announcement to be made.