Survey finds international students are less likely to study or work in the UK following Brexit

Promising young students from around the world are being dissuaded from studying in the UK following the EU Referendum, according to research published today and undertaken by the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF).

A survey conducted amongst existing and previous LIYSF students, found that 90% of the 406 respondents agreed that the idea of studying in the UK was an exciting or attractive prospect, however 38% also admitted that the departure of the UK from the European Union would dissuade them from studying or working here.

The research reinforces the concerns and sense of uncertainty being voiced by many international student’s following the referendum, largely over the possible increase in university fees and or visa restrictions once the UK exits the European Union.

Richard Myhill, LIYSF director comments; “LIYSF is a global event and this year will host 500 participants representing 75 countries. Given the events of recent weeks, many of our students will be seeking to understand the impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU in terms of opportunities to study, undertake post graduate work and/or seek employment.

Image removed.“We echo the message of UK Science; that world-class research requires international co-operation with flexible movement of researchers, resources and ideas, facilitating collaboration and partnerships within Europe and beyond.”

One participant, when asked if his position about studying or working in the UK had changed following the EU Referendum said; “I don't know; before Brexit the answer would have been yes. Now it's a let’s wait and see how tough Europe will be in the negotiations (and) if science funding will be cut or not."

Mr Myhill concluded: “Britain has a proud heritage of world-class scientific research and international collaboration is intrinsic to this success. It is essential that we welcome and support current and future students and colleagues from across the world and show them how much they are appreciated.”

Over 65% of the participants who participated in the survey also agreed that a university degree would be the only credible way of gaining employment in the world of science and engineering and 67% felt that the cost of university would not deter them from gaining a degree.

The two-week forum brings 500 of the globe’s leading young students to Imperial College London where they share ideas, participate in workshops and receive lectures from eminent world class scientists, all of whom are experts in their fields.

This year LIYSF 2016 will dissect the process of scientific discovery, looking at the agility of scientific processes in today’s world as well as the attributes needed by scientists. Key speakers include Professor Romain Murenzi, director of science policy and Capacity Building at UNESCO and Dervilla Mitchell CBE, one of the UK’s leading structural engineers whose achievements include constructing Heathrow Terminal 5.

The London International Science Forum is a cutting-edge residential programme held at Imperial College, London. Participants are often winners of national and international science prizes or competitions and the forum provides an unrivalled and unique opportunity for participants to share ideas with student peers from around the world. This year’s event runs from 27th July – 10th August 2016.

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