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Professor Stuart Croft: Science, Skills, The Economy – And Brexit

February 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Professor Croft will be exploring the likely impact of Brexit on our universities as well as on us all.

Britain’s universities contribute an enormous amount to the society and economy of the country. They do so in terms of science and innovation; working to further the frontiers of knowledge, and working with organisations to improve their performance. They educate a work force, and a society, to a very high level. And they provide tremendous impetus to the economy through innovation and the recruitment of students from around the world.

But all of these elements have been grown and developed with Europe, and often with the support of the European Union. Often the debate has focussed on the money and resources that British universities have gained from the EU but not so well known is that, where there are competitive arrangements, British universities consistently out punch their weight. But ultimately it is the networks that are the most important element of being in the EU. The networks of student exchanges and research staff collaboration; the sharing of best practice; the development of new ideas.

Above all of this, the world class nature of Britain’s universities is a product of the staff and students, so many of whom are non-British European. Professor Croft’s talk will also seek to address the question of what are the risks to the skilled and committed workforce as a result of the government’s line on Brexit?


Professor Stuart Croft is Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Warwick, which employs some 6,000 people, has some 25,000 students, and a turnover approaching £600m per year. Professor Croft joined Warwick in 2007 as Professor of International Security and has since served the University’s Pro Vice- Chancellor, and subsequently as Provost.

Outside Warwick, Professor Croft chairs the Board of the Equality Challenge Unit, the sector agency that leads on equalities and diversity, as well as sitting on various Boards including the Russell Group, and The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities.

Professor Croft’s field of scholarship is in international security. Following a PhD at the University of Southampton, he worked in London at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, before moving to the University for Birmingham, where he worked for nearly 20 years. At this time he also served as programme director for a range of bodies concerned with security and radicalisation.

He has published over a dozen books and more than 50 other works on arms control, NATO and counter terrorism. He has been elected as an Academician in the Academy of Social Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Professor Croft has lived in the Midlands for the majority of his life, currently in north Worcestershire, and is a season ticket holder at Aston Villa football club.


Professor Croft’s talk and question and answer session will be followed by light refreshments and an opportunity to chat informally with Professor Croft and other members of the audience.

Stratford-upon-Avon High School is a 20 minute walk from the centre of Stratford and a 10 minute walk from the railway station. For those coming by car there is ample free parking at the venue.

Doors will open at 6.30 pm for a 7.00 pm start and the event will end by 9.00 pm. Admission is FREE but by ticket only. Reserved Admission tickets need to be booked in advance from Eventbrite. Click here for tickets.


Stratford-on-Avon for Europe, or Stratford4Europe for short, is a local, cross- party, grass-roots organisation campaigning for Britain to play a leading role within a strong and united European Union.

Stratford4Europe is campaigning to make the positive case for the European Union in order to show, through the use of fair and honest argument, what leaving the EU will really mean for the people of Britain in terms of both our economy and national security.

Stratford4Europe consists of a Steering Group, which is always open to new members, as well as a rapidly growing supporter base. We have a wide range of ages and backgrounds but share in common the fact that we are all citizens with a deep concern that the future of this country will be severely damaged by it leaving the EU.

For more information about Stratford4Europe please contact us by any of the means below:

Website: www.stratford4europe.org.uk Email: stratford4europe@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/stratford4europe Twitter: @stratford4eu



Stratford-upon-Avon School
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