Brexit Blamed For Decline In Numbers of EU students at Oxford

Brexit Blamed For Decline In Numbers of EU students at Oxford

Oxford University has blamed Brexit for the sharp decline in the number of students from the European Union.

Brexit has caused a “steep decline” in the number of students from the European Union going to study at Oxford University, the annual admissions report has shown.

The university’s annual report found the number admitted from the EU has halved, from 8 percent of overall students to 4 percent, and from an average of more than 260 for the past four years to 128 this year.

In contrast, the proportion of British students increased slightly to 82 percent, compared with a Russell Group average of 73 percent.

Vice-chancellor Professor Louise Richardson said the “decline was expected as a result of the changing fee regime occasioned by Brexit, but it is stark”.

As a result of Brexit, it has been reported that the number of students from the UK in some European countries has also decreased. In the Netherlands, the number of UK students during the 2021/22 academic year dropped by almost a quarter compared to 2020/21.

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Data Shows

According to the report, the Vice-chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, said that the drop has happened as a result of the change in fees due to Brexit.

Over the past five years, applications to Oxford have increased by 22 percent; however, some groups remain under-represented in the university’s community.

Oxford’s undergraduate admissions statistics show that between 2017 and 2021, the number of students identifying as Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) increased from 18 percent to nearly 25 percent, while the number of those from disadvantaged groups increased from 10.6 percent to 17 percent.

It further reveals that the percentage of students declaring a disability increased from 7.8 percent to 11.6 percent.

Data also indicate that during that period, the percentage from state schools increased from 58.2 percent to 68.2 percent, while the number of women increased from 50 percent to 55.2 percent.

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