October 4, 2019

Short sighted and isolationist policy of ending free movement is harming our Universities

Here in Cardiff Central we have 3 fantastic & vibrant universities – it’s such a shame to see the international standing that they’ve worked so hard to achieve being damaged by the Government’s isolationist, backward looking policy of ending freedom of movement. I regularly hear from university staff and academics concerned about the effect this reckless policy is having on …

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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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November 22, 2017

International Students – Home Office Questions

Yesterday, I asked the Immigration Minister what plans the Government has to make sure that post Brexit, the brightest and best international students are able to work here after their studies using their skills and talent for the benefit of the UK economy. Research by ComRes shows that 74% of people think that international students should be able to stay in the UK after their degrees to work before …

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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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March 7, 2017

What Will Happen to the Welsh University Sector After Brexit?

This afternoon I spoke in a St David’s Day debate about Welsh affairs and Brexit. I used the opportunity to highlight the issues that the Welsh university sector will be facing after Britain leaves the European Union, including whether the sector will be able to attract the best minds, and if there will be a replacement for vital research funding …

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July 19, 2016

Higher Education Bill Debate

As my constituency includes three universities – Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales – I am very passionate about holding the government to account and securing a good future for research and learning in higher education. This afternoon and evening Parliament debated the government’s Higher Education and Research Bill. The Bill, according to the Government, is …

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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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