MAC submission - EEA workers

21 November 2017

Overseas talent at Russell Group universities underpins their excellence in education, research and innovation. This excellence drives the UK’s position as a world-leading research nation and is helping secure a skilled and effective future UK workforce. 

Russell Group universities make a substantial positive impact on the UK economy. They are ready and well placed to support Government in delivering an ambitious and successful industrial strategy; boosting jobs and growth across the country.


EEA staff make a significant contribution to the success of Russell Group universities: 25,000 EU nationals are employed by Russell Group universities. EU nationals represent 15% of all staff, 23% of academics and 27% of staff on research-only contracts.

There are a greater proportion of EU staff in economically and strategically important subjects including STEM disciplines and modern foreign languages. EU nationals also work in technical positions at our universities; supporting research and teaching, and training future technicians needed across the UK.

Find out more in our submission to the MAC on EEA nationals. 


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Russell Group evidence to the Migration Advisory Committee on EEA-workers in the UK labour market.

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