May 3, 2018

Will We Still Have Access to Erasmus+ After Brexit?

Today I questioned the Brexit Minister on whether UK students will be able to participate in the Erasmus+ scheme after Brexit. Erasmus+ is an educational and cultural exchange programme that benefits UK and European students. In 2016 alone, 2235 students from Wales received Erasmus+ grants to study abroad, and Wales has received over £26 million for educational and cultural schemes from …

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March 19, 2018

Speech in Welsh Affairs Debate

Today I spoke in the rescheduled Welsh Affairs Debate, which should have taken place on St David’s Day but had to be postponed due to the snow and extreme weather. It was important to me to speak not just about the Wales of here and now, but about our future. You can watch my speech or read the transcript below.

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January 2, 2018

Brexit Questions – Horizon 2020

At this morning’s Exiting the EU Questions I had the opportunity to ask the Minister about the effect of leaving the EU on participation rates in the Horizon 2020 research funding programme, and in the Erasmus + programme. There are three universities in Cardiff Central and I have continually pressed the government on assurances for their futures after Brexit. The …

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October 20, 2017

I Confront Home Office on Erasmus+ Students

There are many thousands of international students in Cardiff Central and across the UK who benefit from the Erasmus+ programme as well as students from the UK who go to study at Universities abroad. I asked the Immigration Minister in the event of  Britain crashing out of the EU with ‘no deal’ could he give any reassurance to international students …

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July 11, 2017

Supporting International Students in Cardiff Central

Last week I joined a Parliamentary reception hosted by the #WeAreInternational campaign, which is supported by hundreds of businesses, universities and organisations to highlight the economic, social and cultural benefits that international students bring to UK towns and cities. Over 5700 international students study at Cardiff University, and many thousands more at the University of South Wales and Cardiff Met, …

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January 19, 2016

Standing Up for Cardiff Students in Parliament

I spoke up for Cardiff students in the House of Commons today, during a debate on the UK Government’s plan to scrap student maintenance grants and replace them with loans. Following the Tories’ attempts to push the changes through in a delegated legislation committee, bypassing full Parliamentary debate and scrutiny, Labour used one of its limited number of Opposition Days …

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January 14, 2016

The Tories Are Trying to Take Grants Away From 500,000 Students Without Anyone Noticing

I’ve always been a bit of a cynic, but a hopeful one. The Government’s latest move to disadvantage poor students is straining the limits of my hope. Approximately 500,000 students from England currently receive grants of up to £3,387 per year to help fund their studies. These grants make higher education accessible for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by helping …

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