European Commission

V-C helps launch campaign for UK to remain in EU

The Vice-Chancellor has helped launch a new university campaign to explain why membership of the European Union benefits the nation.

Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow delivered a keynote speech to help launch the campaign at an event at University College London on 27 July. She will become President of Universities UK – the body representing university vice-chancellors – on 1 August.

The Universities for Europe campaign is being organised by Universities UK to promote the message that the EU ‘makes the UK’s outstanding universities stronger’ by contributing to economic growth, graduate employability and cutting-edge research discoveries.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow

Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow

Dame Julia said in her speech: ‘It is abundantly clear that the UK’s membership of the European Union has an overwhelmingly positive impact on our world-leading universities, enhancing university research and teaching. UK universities are at the heart of the biggest knowledge producing region in the world – and we all benefit from that – individuals, the economy and society.’

She was joined at the launch by Chuka Umunna MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills) and the Rt Hon Damian Green MP (Chairman of Conservative European Mainstream).