Joint statement from the CUSU and GU Sabbatical Officers on the result of the EU Referendum
The “Leave” result of yesterday’s referendum is deeply concerning. CUSU and the GU, along with the overwhelming majority of the HE sector, sought to make clear the potential consequences for British research and university education of a decision to leave the European Union. We must now work with the outcome as it stands.
CUSU and the GU will be prioritising working together with the University, and with stakeholders in Government and elsewhere, to defend the interests of all those students we collectively represent in the coming months and beyond. In particular, we will seek – so far as is possible – to ensure that EU students’ ability to live and study is protected, that international student mobility schemes such as exchanges and fieldwork are not compromised, and that all students are sheltered from the worst of the consequences of the difficult decisions to come.
We were very pleased to see a turnout of 72% in Cambridge, and proud that 74% of those voted to Remain in the EU. Although ultimately the broader UK electorate voted to leave the EU, we and the University leadership are more determined than ever to remain an inclusive, tolerant and diverse community, welcoming outstanding students and academics from all over the world.
Students who have questions or concerns relating to the outcome of the referendum are encouraged to raise these through the usual support channels. Students are also able to contact CUSU, the Graduate Union, and the Students’ Unions’ Advice Service.