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Northern Ireland (NI) has some of the highest proportion of 'brain drain' in the United Kingdom. Once a young person leaves for education purposes, they may be unlikely to return. Pivotal, Northern Ireland’s leading independent think tank, wish to understand the factors that influence decisions to remain outside of Northern Ireland for work, study or quality of life reasons.

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Pivotal wish to speak with individuals from Northern Ireland who have been working away from home for 12 months or more.  If you or your children studied at UU, but now work outside of NI (or if your children chose to study outside of NI), Pivotal would be delighted to engage with you.

Data from the project will be used to make evidence based policy solutions to influence change in Northern Ireland.

Further information about the study can be found via: An exploration of educational migration.

Get involved and participate in the study.

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