1 Jul 2016
EU Referendum: Vice Chancellor writes to international research partners
Since the results of the EU Referendum were announced last Friday, the University has sent out a number of communications to various key stakeholders to provide them with an update on the facts known at present and to reassure them on the University’s position.
The latest of these messages, below, will go out this afternoon from the Vice Chancellor to the University’s international research partners.
As you may be aware I was one of 103 university Vice-Chancellors who signed a letter to voters in advance of the EU Referendum. Our message was that universities and students were stronger in Europe. I was therefore disappointed with the outcome of the Referendum.
We enjoy and benefit from rich partnerships across the world, in higher education, business and the professions. I wanted you, our partners, to know how much we value your support and how I and my colleagues will be doing all that we can to ensure we protect and nurture these important relationships.
Loughborough is a strong and successful University and I am confident that we shall continue to prosper. We are a world-facing, diverse organisation. I am proud of the fact that we recruit students from around the globe. Of equal importance are my colleagues, who come from many different countries. It is our people that make us successful. I am in no doubt that the plurality of the Loughborough community, be it by nationality or other aspects of cultural identity, add immeasurably to the place and our country.
We have a number of values at the University. They include celebrating our diversity and valuing the contributions of all our staff, students and partners. Rest assured we shall not waver from these commitments. My senior colleagues and I will be doing all that we can to ensure Loughborough remains a place that is welcoming to everyone and values the help and support of our international partners.
I am most grateful to you for your contribution to our University. In short, it is business as usual.