Friday 01-07-2016 - 16:34
Responding to the Scottish Government and Universities Scotland's joint statement offering reassurances to EU students following the Brexit vote (available here), Vonnie Sandlan, President of NUS Scotland, said:
“This is a truly welcome statement, and will come as a great relief to the tens of thousands of EU students currently studying, or hoping to study, in Scotland. It should serve to settle a week of great uncertainty and worry for them. This statement provides assurances about not only their student status, but also the positive way they’re viewed in Scotland, and a recognition of the great contributions they make and the fact that we don’t want to see a decline in EU students choosing Scotland as a place to study or call home.
“Students from outside the UK – be that within the EU, or beyond it - bring immense cultural, economic, and educational benefits to our universities and colleges, as well as wider Scottish society. That’s why, following the recent EU Referendum result, we wanted to see swift reassurances for those students that their status in Scotland would be unaffected – recognising the valuable contributions they make, and ensuring that they were safe in the knowledge that they are welcome here and would continue to be supported. It’s incredibly welcome to see that reassurance being provided, meaning EU students can continue to study in the country they want to call home, without facing unnecessary additional costs and upheaval during their studies.”
Contact Fergus Boden, NUS Scotland Press and Influencing Officer