Newsletter 13 2017
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EUA Newsletter 13 - 30/06/2017

Achieving Open Access by 2020: tracking universities’ progress and guidelines for the future

In furthering its work in the area of open science, EUA releases today a series of aims and recommendations on open access, with the purpose of further assisting European universities and National Rectors’ Conferences in the transition towards a more open scholarly communication system.

As stated in its Roadmap on Open Access to Research Publications (2016), “EUA aims to contribute to a publishing system that is simultaneously fair and transparent for stakeholders, in particular universities, research institutions, libraries, researchers, research funders, learned societies and commercial publishers”. The political momentum achieved in the areas of open access and open science in recent years has greatly contributed to European universities and the scientific system coming closer to a scenario of full open access to research publications by 2020. Despite these efforts, much remains to be achieved before full open access can be ubiquitous. Governments, National Rectors’ Conferences and university leaders at national level, together with stakeholders at European level, need to mobilise their institutions and come together in the development of guidelines and activities to support open access.

With the document Towards Full Open Access in 2020: aims and recommendations for university leaders and National Rectors’ Conferences, EUA calls for an open scholarly communication system grounded in the quality of the peer-review process, the preservation of authors and institutions’ ownership rights over research outcomes and open licences for the re-use of information, and an equitable cost-benefit ratio for both public institutions and publishers. A series of recommendations in different areas relevant to open access are outlined, including open access to research publications and research data management, institutional development of open access, the mobilisation of researchers, assessment systems, and negotiations of ‘big deals’ with publishers.

EUA delegation attends G7 University Summit in Udine, Italy (29-30 June 2017)

The G7 University Summit, part of a series of events organised in the context of Italy’s Presidency of the G7 group, took place in Udine, Italy, from 29-30 June. Under the heading “University Education for All. Actions for a sustainable future”, the event provided higher education actors from the G7 countries – university leaders, students and other organisations active in the field – with an opportunity to exchange views on a set of issues regarding the future of higher education at a global level.
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EUA Vice-President Paul Boyle outlines improvements for FP9 at European Parliament hearing

Invited by the European Parliament’s committee on budget control, EUA’s newly nominated Vice-President Paul Boyle shared his views on the cost effectiveness of the Horizon 2020 programme and the participation of the United Kingdom. The hearing was organised by the Parliament as part of a series of consultations with research and innovation stakeholders to start developing the future EU framework programme (FP9). 
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The EFFECT projects develops European principles for Learning & Teaching 

Enhancement of learning and teaching has become a core priority for higher education. Many institutions are discussing innovative teaching methods on how to enhance curricula and improve students' learning experience while several European countries have launched national initiatives in that field.
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EQAF registration and call for contributions

Registration is now open for the 12th European Quality Assurance Forum, which will take place on 23-25 November 2017 in Riga, hosted by the University of Latvia.
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Towards Full Open Access in 2020: aims and recommendations for university leaders and National Rectors’ Conferences

Open Access in European universities: results from the 2015/2016 EUA institutional survey

EUA - additonial points to the E+ Midterm evaluation survey

University Autonomy in Europe III: The Scorecard 2017
1st European Learning & Teaching Forum
University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France
28-29 September 2017

EUA RIS3 Workshop
University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
17 October 2017

6th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event
Flemish Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
23 - 24 October 2017

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