EU nationals vital to Higher Education


The failure of the UK government to guarantee the status of EU citizens in Scotland could have a chilling effect on Edinburgh as new figures revealed that more than 25% of staff at Edinburgh University are non-UK EU citizens.

Freedom of Information requests from the Lib Dems revealed that 2398 of Edinburgh University’s 9000 staff are citizens of other EU member states.

I've called for the Scottish and UK governments to work together to ensure that the rights of EU citizens who live and work in Scotland are protected.

These figures lay bare just how important the EU is to Edinburgh University. Edinburgh is one of our finest higher education institutions and we need to ensure that it can continue to attract the high quality staff that it needs to thrive.

I've called for the Scottish and UK governments to work together to ensure that the rights of EU citizens who live and work in Scotland are protected

More than a quarter of staff at Edinburgh University are from other EU states. Many of these talented people will now be wondering whether they are still welcome here. As someone who believes in the benefits of international cooperation and the EU, that makes me angry.

Scotland has produced world-leading research. The failure of the UK government to guarantee the rights of EU citizens working in Edinburgh puts future work at risk. This could have a chilling effect on Edinburgh University and other higher education institutions across Scotland. 

This is not just about higher education. If we look at sectors like financial services which are also hugely important to Edinburgh, the potential for losing talented EU citizens who live, work and pay taxes here is clear. These are international industries.

 


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