Brexit university ‘brain drain’ warning

University staff from EU countries should be guaranteed a right to stay and work in the UK after Brexit to avoid a “damaging brain drain”, says a report from MPs.

The education select committee wants urgent steps taken to end uncertainty over the future status of EU academics. The MPs also want overseas students to be taken out of migration figures.

Committee chairman Neil Carmichael said Brexit risks damaging universities’ “international competitiveness”.

About one in six academic staff in the UK is from EU countries.

The cross-party committee of MPs, investigating the potential impact of Brexit on the higher education sector, heard warnings about the negative impact if EU staff, worried about their future status, were poached by universities in other countries.

The report from MPs said their right to work and stay should be given unilaterally before the end of this year if there is no reciprocal deal with other EU countries

Mr Carmichael said: “Higher education in the UK is a world leader but Brexit risks damaging our international competitiveness and the long-term success of our universities.

“The government must act urgently to address the uncertainty over EU staff and avert the risk of a damaging brain drain of talent from our shores.” Read more

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Three Quarters Of Young People Are Locked-Out Of Jobs

An alarming level of young people (83%) think they need to fit into the same ‘mould’ as an employer to be hired according to a new research from City Year UK a youth social action charity.

78% of young people believe that employers don’t have enough faith in their skills and abilities, further highlighting the widening gap between young people and employers.

Over a third (39%) of young people feel that ethnicity plays a factor in securing a job, and nearly one in ten believe they have been rejected for this reason. The survey also shows that factors such as a person’s accent, appearance, education or perceived social class could impact their chances of getting into a chosen career.

The poll showed that almost two thirds (65%) of young people believe businesses need to do more to ensure they are offered a level playing field when applying for jobs and nearly three quarters (72%) say government support is needed to help bridge the gap between young people and prospective employers.

Sophie Livingstone, Chief Executive of City Year UK, said: “It’s shocking to see the younger generation are writing themselves off before they’ve even started on the career ladder. There is an army of dedicated young people willing to succeed who have the right professional skills, they’re just not getting the chance.

“At a time when the talent pool is shrinking, we need to give amazing young people across the UK the right opportunities to showcase what they can do.

“We’re working harder than ever with businesses and corporate mentors to nurture home-grown talent in order to prove what the younger generation has to offer.”

Khadija Mannan, 22, volunteering full-time in Mossfield Primary School, Greater Manchester said about her time at City Year: “Volunteering with City Year UK is helping me to realise my full potential, but I still feel that young people are being shut out from certain jobs. We have so much amazing talent across the UK, and I’m volunteering alongside incredible young people from a variety of backgrounds who are passionate about eradicating social immobility.

“We’re being shut out and it isn’t fair that we’re judged on our ethnicity or social class before we can showcase our skills or potential. Things needs to change.” Source:

Only half of young people in the UK feel European

Only half of young adults in the UK see themselves as European, a poll has found. And one in five do not describe themselves as British, the survey revealed.

Researchers at think tanks Demos and the British Council conducted the study as part of the Next Generation series, interviewing 18 to 30-year-olds in the UK.

Only one in three of those surveyed said they could speak a foreign language at a ‘simple’ level.

The research revealed that young people in Britain are not particularly well travelled, with only one in 10 saying they had been abroad for three months.

A similar number said they had campaigned to raise funds for an overseas cause.

Ian Wybron, head of social policy at Demos, told the Guardian: ‘Living, working and studying abroad offers clear benefits for young people, helping them to secure better jobs, as well as building confidence and intercultural understanding.

‘But our research found that a substantial number of young adults are currently being excluded from these opportunities – particularly those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

‘Government, employers, and civil society must do their part in opening up these valuable opportunities to a much larger number of Britons.

‘The aspirations for a “global Britain” will ring hollow unless is its benefits and opportunities are better shared. Read more