Press release on Adjournment debate on the Essex University
Yesterday I held a debate in the House of Commons to praise the successes of the University of Essex and urge speedy action to remove uncertainty for universities arising from the UK’s leaving the European Union.
During the debate, I highlighted the University’s achievements. The Department of Government holds “best-in-country” ranking for research quality, while the University has engaged extensively with businesses and its success internationally is recognised in the Times Higher Education Rankings.
Following the debate I said that: “Since I was first elected for North Colchester in 1992, I have had the privilege of representing the University of Essex in Parliament. We have a close relationship and I am a member of the Court of the University. Over the years, I have witnessed how much the University of Essex has contributed to academia, to the local economy, and to the wider community. I am lucky to represent the constituency which includes such an outstanding institution.
“But this debate was not just about the achievements of the University. It was also about the measures being taken by the Government to safeguard universities as the UK leaves the EU, and how it plans to use the opportunities of leaving the EU so that the university can become even more of a global leader in higher education.”
The debate, which was overseen by the current Chancellor of the University, Rt Hon John Bercow MP, saw contributions from Giles Watling MP and Will Quince MP. The Minister for Education, Rt Hon Anne Milton, responded for the Government. Students and the Vice Chancellor of the Essex University watched the debate from the Commons Gallery.
For the full text of the debate, including my speech and the Minister’s response, please check Hansard via this link: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2017-11-02