World-leading Oxford University has issued a clear statement setting out the benefits of the UK remaining in the EU.
Oxford University has for many years carried out research on the place of Europe in British public life.
The statement reads:
“The University welcomes the opportunity to participate in the current debate on the EU Referendum through that research.
Membership of the EU currently benefits the University in a number of ways. The mobility that EU membership affords, which enables staff and students from across the EU to come to Oxford, and Oxford staff and students to work and study in Europe, is central to our Strategic Plan. This contains at its heart the exchange of ideas that strengthens our ability to contribute to society and to the national and local economy, and provides intellectual benefit in partner universities and research institutes.
The EU facilitates our participation in pan- European research collaborations; enables us to contribute to the development of EU research policy to the benefit of the UK as a whole; and provides us with access to EU research funding (of some £66m in 2014/15).
All this serves our vision of the University of Oxford as a global hub for intellectual engagement.
While recognising that individual members of the University will hold different views on the Referendum, and while encouraging open debate on the issue, the University’s Council wishes to affirm the value that the UK’s membership of the EU provides to the University.“
And the Chancellor of the University, Lord Patten, has also spoken out about his fears if the UK leaves the EU. Speaking to The Telegraph, he pointed out that the UK receives far more in research funding than we contribute to the EU, and that the UK’s top Universities would struggle to maintain their world class status if Britain were to leave the EU.
Oxford University says that EU membership brings many benefits.