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Dan Hurley

Policy Manager
Universities UK

Dan is a Policy Manager overseeing two work programmes – the first being Brexit, which involves ensuring that universities are best placed to address the many challenges but also maximise on any opportunities resulting from the UK’s decision to leave the EU, covering a range of issues from mobility and collaboration, through to funding. Dan is also UUK’s lead on Social Mobility, Widening Access and Participation, which involves influencing policy and decision makers to help create the right conditions that will support the sector to further improve on its work to reduce the gaps that exist in access, attainment, and graduate outcomes among various underrepresented groups of students.

  • Discussing opportunities and challenges for universities after Brexit, with 17% of academic staff and 6% of professional services staff at UK universities coming from EU countries
  • Understanding the decline in EU applicants and older applicants from the UK, respectively 7% and 5% in 2017
  • Outlining policy priorities to support universities to thrive post-exit, from international student recruitment to funding and graduates career and employability
  • Securing an effective post-Brexit settlement where universities can maximise their contribution to a globally-successful UK
  • Understanding how the reformed post-Brexit immigration system will look like and what this will mean for HEIs
  • Explaining the role of universities and how they can develop innovation with UK businesses abroad by sharing an understanding of the partner countries and their markets