Following the announcement that the Prime Minister has now invoked Article 50 and begun the process for Britain’s exit from the European Union, Professor Malcolm Press, Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University said:
“I appreciate that this is a time of concern and uncertainty for colleagues and students at the University who are from other EU member states. The triggering of Article 50 is the starting point for a period of negotiation about the departure from the EU and at this stage the post-departure landscape remains unclear.
“What is clear – and what I wish to reinforce – is that I hugely value the role that colleagues and students from EU member states play in the life of Manchester Metropolitan University. We are an international institution with a reputation for welcoming and engaging with students and staff from around the world, as well as partnering with other institutions and businesses both in Europe and globally. We can take great pride in our diversity and inclusivity.
“British universities are a success story on a global scale and this is in no small part thanks to the contribution of all staff and students from across the world. This is a time to celebrate and reinforce the sense of community that we have at Manchester Metropolitan and to show support to all our EU colleagues and students. I will continue to work with colleagues from the Universities UK network to lobby the government to ensure that the departure from the European Union does not diminish this valuable contribution in any way.”
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Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe with 37,000 students and more than 1,000 undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. The University educates and trains large numbers of legal and business professionals, scientists, engineers, teachers, health workers and creative professionals.
Manchester Met has invested £350 million in its estate and facilities during a ten-year plan to create a truly world-class campus in the heart of Manchester and in Cheshire.
The University is in the top three nationally for environmental sustainability, in the top 3% of global universities as ranked by the Times Higher Education and has an 85% research impact rated world-leading and internationally excellent.
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