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As the UK’s departure from the EU will inevitably have an impact on European higher education and research, EUA has closely followed the Brexit debate and initiated related advocacy activities on behalf of its members. The Association is very concerned about the insecurity posed to the participation of British universities in EU funding programmes, as well as the long-term consequences for European cooperation in research and education. EUA has worked with its member Universities UK (UUK) with the aim to show that British universities are and will remain an essential part of the European family of universities, which extends beyond EU borders. 

In this effort, EUA has put together a team of experts to follow Brexit’s potential impact on the higher education sector. The Association has also published several statements and two factsheets, which can be seen below. The first factsheet focuses on the possible status of UK universities in EU funding programmes and is entitled “After the Brexit Referendum: Possible outcomes for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+”. The second, “EUA Brexit Factsheet: UK – European Research Collaboration and Student Mobility,” puts numbers on the UK’s vital role in the European Research Area and as an important destination for mobile students. 

EUA will continue to follow developments in the Brexit debate and is working to reinforce contacts at the European level and its support of the close links between universities in the UK and those in the rest of Europe.

On June 7 2017, EUA organised a webinar on "Brexit: What will it mean for universities?" Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK and Thomas Jorgenson, Senior Policy Coordinator, EUA, presented views from London and Brussels on how the situation is today and how it could evolve in future.
Click here to watch a recording of the webinar.
Presentations from both the speakers are also available online:
Vivienne Stern, Universities UK
Thomas Jorgensen, European University Association

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