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Kirsty Williams: EU students and staff welcome at Welsh universities

Welsh Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has said that EU students and staff are welcome and valued at universities across Wales amid concerns raised in the aftermath of the referendum.

Speaking ahead of her tour of Swansea University's £450 million Science and Innovation campus, she has celebrated the "long and proud tradition of European students coming to Swansea."

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. The Welsh Government is determined to protect Wales' reputation as a friendly and tolerant place to study and carry out world-class research. Whatever the long-term implication of the vote, we remain an outward looking and welcoming nation where we are committed to sharing knowledge across national borders.

– Kirsty Williams, Welsh Education Secretary

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Campaign to help new school starters launched

A new campaign to get children ready to start school will be launched by the new Education Secretary Kirsty Williams today.

The campaign is designed to help parents and carers prepare their child for school. Credit: PA

'Ready to Learn' is designed to help parents and carers prepare their child for school through a range of engaging resources available from schools and nurseries.

Aimed at parents and carers of children who are aged four or soon to be starting school, the resources will provide advice and tips on how to prepare children for the transition from play to more structured learning.

Starting school is a huge change in a young child's life, and a big adjustment for parents too. What happens at home is the single biggest factor in a child's educational attainment. Being able to help children to develop those all-important life skills at home - being curious, confident and ready to learn - will help make it a positive and exciting experience from their very first day. This initiative will help create an environment which values education and supports learning to give our children a significant head start as they begin their journey through school.

– Kirsty Williams AM, Education Secretary

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How could the EU referendum affect education in Wales?

In two days time, Wales will join the rest of the UK in going to the polls to vote for whether we should remain in the European Union. But how much of an impact would a vote to remain or leave have on education in Wales?

Those in favour of Brexit say leaving the EU could lead to more money for education here, but those who want to stay believe Welsh universities are better off in than out.

Our Education Reporter Megan Boot has been meeting students who've crossed the channel as part of their studies:

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