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‘Brexit will cost universities valuable education alliances’, says open letter

The University of Gloucestershire’s Vice-Chancellor, Stephen Marston, has added his name to an open letter supporting EU membership. The full letter with all signatories can be read below.

Brexit will cost universities valuable education alliances

NOW the prime minister has announced the referendum date, we urge the British public to consider the vital
role the EU plays in supporting our world-class universities. Inside the EU we are better able to collaborate
with partners across Europe to carry out cutting-edge research, from medical and healthcare advances to
new materials, products and services. In the EU the UK is also a more attractive destination for global talent,
ensuring that our students are taught by the best minds from across Europe. This has a direct impact on our
economy, driving growth, generating jobs and improving people’s lives.

While no one is suggesting that UK universities could not survive outside the EU, leaving would mean cutting
ourselves off from established networks and would undermine the UK’s position as a global leader in science
and the arts.

Throughout the referendum campaign, as university leaders we are committed to highlighting the value of
EU membership to our universities, ensuring that a range of views are heard on campuses and debating why
the EU matters now and for the future.

Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, President, Universities UK; Vice-Chancellor, University of Kent, Professor Janet Beer, Vice-President, Universities UK; Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool, Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-President, Universities UK; Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University, Professor Sir Pete Downes, Vice-President, Universities UK; Vice-Chancellor, University of Dundee, Professor Simon Gaskell, President and Principal, Queen Mary University of London, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge, Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford, Professor Michael Arthur , President and Provost , UCL, Professor Alice Gast, President, Imperial College London, Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter, Professor Craig Calhoun, Director and President, London School of Economics and Political Science, Bill Rammell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bedfordshire, Professor Julie Lydon OBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of South Wales, Professor Timothy O’Shea, Vice-Chancellor, University of Edinburgh, Professor Anton Muscatelli, Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow, Baroness Valerie Amos, Director, SOAS, Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen, Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham, Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice-Chancellor, Brunel University London, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Vice-Chancellor, Aston University, Professor Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln, Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Reading, Peter Horrocks CBE, Vice-Chancellor, The Open University, Professor Paul Boyle CBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester, Professor Paddy Nixon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ulster, Professor Patrick Johnston, Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University Belfast, Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol, Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds, Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor, Durham University, Professor Helen Marshall, Vice-Chancellor, University of Salford, Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Derby, Professor Dominic Shellard, Vice-Chancellor, De Montfort University, Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor, Nottingham Trent University, Professor Tom Inns, Director, The Glasgow School of Art, Professor Graham Upton, Vice-Chancellor, Glyndwr University, Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London, Professor Richard B Davies, Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University, Professor Chris Brink, Vice-Chancellor, Newcastle University, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield, Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor, University of Nottingham, Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham, Professor Gerald Pilay, Vice-Chancellor, Liverpool Hope University, Professor Judith Petts, Vice-Chancellor, University of Plymouth, Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice-Chancellor, Southampton Solent University, Professor Sir Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor, City University London, Professor Gavin Henderson CBE, Principal, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Professor John Raftery, Vice-Chancellor, London Metropolitan University, Professor Cliff Allan, Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University, Professor John Cater, Vice-Chancellor, Edge Hill University, Professor John Vinney, Vice-Chancellor, Bournemouth University, Professor David Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor, London South Bank University, Professor Andrea Nolan OBE, Vice-Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University, Professor Bob Cryan CBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Huddersfield, Professor Craig Mahoney, Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of Scotland, Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice-Chancellor, Regent’s University, Professor Nick Petford, Vice-Chancellor, University of Northampton, Prof Clive Mulholland, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of the Highlands and Islands, Shirley Atkinson, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sunderland, Professor Christina Slade, Vice-Chancellor, Bath Spa University, Professor Margaret House, Vice-Chancellor, Leeds Trinity University, Professor Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University, Professor Julius Weinberg, Vice-Chancellor, Kingston University, Professor Mike Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, University of Central Lancashire, Prof John Latham, Vice-Chancellor, Coventry University, Professor Paul Croney, Vice-Chancellor, Teesside University, Professor Barry Ife CBE, Principal, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Professor David Maguire, Vice-Chancellor, University of Greenwich, Professor Paul Layzell, Principal, Royal Holloway University of London, Professor Peter Piot, Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Professor Calie Pistorius, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hull, Professor Michael Farthing, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sussex, Professor Anthony Bowne, Principal, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Dr Paul Thompson, Rector, Royal College of Art, Professor Karen Stanton, Vice-Chancellor, York St John University, Professor Malcolm Press, Vice-Chancellor, Manchester Metropolitan University, Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor, Staffordshire University, Professor Ed Byrne, Principal and President, Kings College London, Professor Nigel Weatherill, Vice-Chancellor, Liverpool John Moores University, Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University, Professor Steven West, Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England, Professor John Hughes, Vice-Chancellor, Bangor University, Professor Gerry McCormac, Vice-Chancellor, University of Stirling, Professor Stuart Reid, Principal, The Royal Veterinary College, Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton, Professor Andrew Wathey, Vice-Chancellor, University of Northumbria, Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, Glasgow Caledonian University, Professor John Joughin, Vice-Chancellor, University of East London, Professor Richard Williams OBE, Vice-Chancellor, Herriot-Watt University, Professor David Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia, Professor David Green, Vice-Chancellor, University of Worcester, Professor April McMahon, Vice-Chancellor, Aberystwyth University, Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Vice-Chancellor, University of London, Professor Jenny Higham, Principal, St. George’s, University of London, Professor Anthony Forster, Vice-Chancellor, University of Essex, Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor, Keele University, Stephen Marston, Vice-Chancellor, University of Gloucestershire, Professor Michael J Kearney, Acting Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey, Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, Vice-Chancellor, University of Southampton, Professor Patrick Loughrey, Warden, Goldsmiths, University of London, Professor Debra Humphris Vice-Chancellor, University of Brighton