Responding to a report by the Education Committee calling on the the Government to provide guarantees to university staff from the EU, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary John Pugh said:
"Theresa May's insistence on using European citizens as bargaining chips is already leading to an exodus of academics from the EU.
"The government must urgently reassure EU nationals they are welcome to stay before more damage is done to Britain's universities and global standing.
"Our universities are so successful because they are diverse, tolerant and attract the best and brightest from all over the world.
"This election is a chance to change the direction of the county and stop a hard Brexit that would be catastrophic for the UK's research sector."