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Protect residency rights of EU-born university staff living and working in the UK.

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Britain’s universities are home to thousands of staff from EU member states who come to the UK to live and work. They make an enormous contribution to ground-breaking research, to the quality of our teaching and to inspiring the next generation of students.

The loss of EU status puts their rights to live and work at UK universities at great risk. We should do everything we can to prevent the significant economic, educational and cultural impact their loss would inevitably bring to universities and the country as a whole.

We urgently need the Government to reassure all EU employees of UK universities that their lives and their vital work on behalf of UK Higher Education will not be disrupted by any changes to their residency status. While we recognise the issue of residency rights does not just affect universities but all sectors, this is an area we feel we can best influence and hope other sectors will follow suit.

DMU’s #loveinternational campaign, launched this week, hopes that by showing our international colleagues that we recognise and celebrate their work - and that we retain our global outlook, rejecting discrimination and intolerance wherever we see it - we send a powerful message that universities have a vital role to play in helping to rebuild this country.

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