On Wednesday 13 March 2019 at 13:00, the APPG held its second roundtable evidence session on the Inquiry into the role of Education and Culture in the UK’s relationships with Europe. 

The second session invited expert guests working in the higher education and research sector to look specifically at the role of their sector in maintaining the UK’s relationships with Europe. Experts and organisations in this area looked at the role students, research and universities can play in keeping a close relationship with European neighbours. 

Guests discussed the importance of student mobility, programmes like Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 and business and trade integration as key areas to bolster relations. Two risks that were highlighted included: the mobility of students, lecturers and researchers and the securing of resources and funds. This shows the importance of collaborative working through programmes and built in strategy from both sides. 

The evidence session offered a clear and concise layout of the major areas that require attention. Yet, the conclusion of the discussion was clear and concise, effectively demonstrating how the higher education and research sectors can continue in helping to build the UK’s relationships with Europe.