Thursday 19-05-2016 - 17:01
NUS Wales and Universities Wales held a debate last night at The University of South Wales to discuss the impact of a ‘Brexit’ on students and universities in Wales.
Recent polls indicate that around 80% of students would vote to remain in the EU on 23rd June, but there is still a lack of clarity around some of the big issues for the education sector.
The debate gave audience members the opportunity to listen to arguments to remain and leave and to ask questions of the panel made up of academics and student representatives. The event was chaired by Tom Griffin of University of South Wales and the panel was made up of:
- Beth Button, President NUS Wales
- Professor John Grattan, Acting Vice-Chancellor Aberystwyth University
- Professor Kent Matthews, Professor of Banking and Finance, Cardiff University
- Alex Moscovici – Chair of Students for Britain Cardiff.
The panellists had five minutes each to outline their main arguments before the audience were given the opportunity to ask questions. The questions covered several areas of expertise including the impact on women’s rights, whether the UK Government would continue to invest in Wales to the same level that the EU does, would the short term impact and unknowns of ‘Brexit’ have a detrimental impact on both students and workforces at universities.
NUS Wales President, Beth Button highlighted the importance of students registering to vote by 7 June and turning out to vote on 23 June
‘Students must ensure they vote in the EU referendum. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make sure Wales has a role to play in Europe. Students can register to vote in more than one location, so if you don’t know where you’ll be on 23 June make sure you register at your term time address and home.’
You can register to vote here.
If you want to follow how the debate played out on Twitter the hashtag was #EduDebate or read our Storify here.