0650 GMT May 23, 2018
Three-quarters of continental EU academics in the country said they are now more likely to leave, according to a University and College Union (UCU) survey of over 1,000 lecturers and professors in UK higher education, according to telegraph.co.uk.
Sally Hunt, general secretary of UCU, said: “I am deeply worried that so many academics already know of staff leaving as a result of the Brexit vote, and that three-quarters of EU nationals are now considering leaving the UK".
Of academics leaving the UK, 29 percent of respondents said they already know of some that have already left and 44 percent said they know of academics who have lost access to research funding as a direct result of the Brexit vote.
The majority of respondents, 90 percent, said they think Brexit will have a negative impact on the UK higher education sector.
UCU repeated its call for the government to guarantee ‘the right to remain’ for EU staff currently working in the UK.
The survey also asked about attitudes to the Higher Education and Research Bill, which will be debated in the House of Lords.
Four in five academics have said that government plans to give new education providers degree awarding powers along with a university title will have a negative impact on higher education in the UK, a survey by YouGov has revealed.
Of those surveyed, three-quarters also mentioned the bill’s plan to link the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) to tuition fees will trigger a negative impact for higher education.
Of the proposed TEF metrics for assessing teaching quality in universities, almost two-thirds said that ‘student satisfaction’ would be an ‘ineffective’ or ‘very ineffective’ measure of teaching quality.
The government must focus its full attention on dealing with the impacts of Brexit and shelve the divisive HE BillSally Hunt
As well as this, the survey showed 55 percent of respondents said that graduate employment was ineffective to measure the quality of teaching in universities, and 59 percent said that dropout rates would also be an ineffective way of measuring the quality of teaching.
In light of the findings, UCU have called on the government to publish a track record of the providers that will be given degree-awarding powers to prove their delivery within higher education before gaining university status.
The union said that academics’ strong feelings towards the impact of the bill ‘must not be ignored’ and that the survey showed "the new TEF does not have the backing of academic staff and so must be reconsidered".
Hunt added: “The government must focus its full attention on dealing with the impacts of Brexit and shelve the divisive HE Bill.
“Its first act should be to try and retain the talented academics working in this country by guaranteeing EU staff already working in the UK the right to remain.”
UCU said "the findings have reinforced the case for shelving the HE bill" and "allowing universities to focus on dealing with issues forecasted to be caused by Brexit".
Hunt continued: “This survey gives a real insight into academics’ concerns about the government’s policy proposals and the fallout of the Brexit vote."