On her first visit to the city since being appointed Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams has said students and staff from across the European Union are welcome at Swansea University.
Touring the University’s £450m Science and Innovations campus she addressed concerns raised in the aftermath of the referendum, saying how those from across the EU studying at universities in Wales are still valued and wanted members of the education community. The Education Secretary also praised EU staff who are vital to the Welsh higher education sector.
Welsh Liberal Democrat AM Kirsty Williams said:
“Swansea University is a success that the city can be proud of, gaining investment from the EU to expand and attracting students and staff from around the world.
“Now we face uncertainty and worry following the recent referendum. I want to be clear that students and staff from across the European Union are still welcome at Swansea University, indeed they are welcome at all Welsh Universities. Those already studying here, and those who are planning to come are still welcome, our places of learning are still there for you.
“Let me be clear, we will not tolerate any form of racial abuse whether on our campuses or within the wider communities in which we are rooted. Welsh universities will continue to recruit and teach students from the EU and the wider world.
“Our universities are central to our social and economic future and they thrive through the diversity of the people who come to them.