By Dr Fabio Aricò
The media and the press have bashed us with endless sequences of statistics and figures about the loss of fee revenues and research funding universities would incur as the result of a Brexit. There is no doubt that this is a real threat for the health of the British Higher Education system, but when thinking education we should not focus exclusively on money matters: quality is the real concern. I am an immigrant academic, who had to compete to secure an academic job in the UK. More than that, I am the teacher of a large and internationally diverse group of students, and I can appreciate the benefits of working in an internationalised campus environment. In this post I will argue that competition among academics, and diversity within the student population, are the key determinants of quality and excellence of the British Higher Education system. Brexit is a threat to such excellence, and here are the reasons why.
With the dust now finally settled after the general election two weeks ago, it has allowed us all time to reflect on what the results mean for the country.
The Conservatives won a shock majority after Britain went to the polls on May 7th. The economy had been the major talking point in the build up to the election with the Tories positioning themselves as a ‘safe pair of hands’ to manage the country’s continued economic recovery.
With the 2015 General Election now less than six weeks away, attention has turned to the main political parties’ economic strategy. As always the debate will have a crucial influence on who ends up in power.
David Cameron has claimed that his government are running on a “record of economic success”. A key part of his pre-election rhetoric has centred on warning of the risks involved in handing the country’s economic recovery over to the Labour Party. He has urged voters to remember Labour’s record of high borrowing while in office, something which Cameron insists would be disastrous for Britain’s economy should it happen again.