Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion and Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has raised concerns for higher education after Brexit during the St David’s Day debate that took place this week.
With Aberystwyth University being one of the most international universities in the world, there are real concerns about the impact that Brexit will have on research and project funding, as well as the impact it could have on EU lecturers, researchers, staff and students.
Mark said: “I welcome the new Innovation and Enterprise Campus that will be built by Aberystwyth University. It will provide world leading facilities to support and develop new and innovative technological solutions to the agricultural industry and help to boost economic growth throughout rural parts of Wales.
“This project was made possibly with £20m of funding from the European Regional Development Fund, and there are worries that future projects could be at risk if this avenue of research funding is lost post-Brexit.
“I have also had numerous constituents from other EU countries speak to me to tell me of their stress and worry about their long-term future here in Wales, despite calling Wales their home, with the Government refusing to commit to giving EU nationals the right to stay in the UK.
“It is imperative that the Government addresses these concerns if our Higher Education sector, and those EU nationals who provide so much to our universities and our communities, are to have confidence in their future.”