Referendum Watch: Universities and Research

By Joe Young - Politics Editor

If you’re reading this, it’s more likely than not that you’re a student. But what do the sides of the argument say about universities and research? Read on to find out:

Brute Facts

  • The United Kingdom spends £19.9 billion on Research and Development (Source)
  • The European Union’s Research and Development programme has a budget of €70 billion (Source)
  • National Governments are responsible for Universities, but the EU encourages co-operation (Source)


  • The Remain side say that UK universities receive millions of pounds of funding from the EU
  • They also say that lots of the top researchers in the UK come from EU countries with EU funding
  • Finally, they say that the ERASMUS programme is of great help to UK Universities, and is not guaranteed if in the event of Brexit


  • The Leave side say that only 3% of Research and Development spending in the UK is funded by the EU
  • They also say that science funding will increase in the event of Brexit due to not having to pay membership fees
  • Finally, they say that Britain could set its own immigration policy to attract academics and graduates

To read more in the Referendum Watch series, click here

About Joe Young 316 Articles
Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.

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