Wednesday 14-08-2019 - 16:01
The Minister for Higher Education, Further Education and Science, Richard Lochhead, has written to the UK government seeking clarification of the future of the Erasmus+ exchange programme in the event of a No Deal Brexit. Following the release of this letter, NUS Scotland Liam McCabe has also commented, saying the uncertainty of the situation "beggars belief."
“To be weeks away from a potential no-deal Brexit, without a clear plan for the continuation of Erasmus+, it absolutely beggars belief," said Liam.
“Proportionally, Scotland has the most students taking part in Erasmus+ of any UK country. It offers students – especially the most disadvantaged students – social, cultural and educational opportunities that would be difficult for them to access otherwise. Those opportunities must be protected.
“It’s clear that the Brexit approach of the UK Government is a threat to the opportunities of students in Scotland, the UK and across Europe. The UK government must set out how it plans to maintain Erasmus+ in the event of a no-deal Brexit, in discussion with devolved administrations and, crucially, students.”