The UK and EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement sets the terms for the future relationship between two parties. The agreement was a fairly thin deal when it comes to issues of concern to colleges. Key points:
- The UK did not secure future UK participation in the Erasmus programme
- Cross-border data flows will continue with transfers from EU to the UK remaining dependent on the UK's arrangements securing an EU data adequacy judgement
- Movement between the UK and EU will be more restricted as a result of the UK government decision to seek more control over entry to the UK and also to implement common rules for all non-UK entrants (whether from the EU or not). Irish nationals and the 4 million EU nationals with settled status continue to have rights under the common travel area and UK/EU withdrawal agreement.
AoC published a position paper on the day of the UK's departure from the EU setting out six Brexit-related issues for colleges (skills shortages; education; exports; Erasmus+; regional funds and regulation):
In January 2019 the Independent Commission on the College of the Future published a discussion paper written by college leaders in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The paper outlines the best ways for government to deliver a strong economy and robust labour market after Brexit. Recommendations include a new social contract for college student funding, a lifetime learning entitlement, a national retraining programme and a better jobs deal: