UK universities warn of exodus by EU academics post-Brexit

One-third of languages and economics teaching staff are from EU, who need more clarity about their status, says British Academy study

The potential risk to UK universities from post-Brexit academic flight has been laid bare in a report that reveals there are regions where up to half of academic staff in some departments are EU nationals.

The British Academy report [pdf] warns that economics and modern language departments will be particularly badly hit if European academics leave the UK, with more than a third of staff in each discipline currently from EU member states.

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