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Brexit

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 is using its expertise in higher education and research policy to follow Brexit’s potential impact on the higher education sector. The Association has also published several statements and three factsheets, which can be seen below. 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.

Advocacy and statements

24 March 2017 EUA and UUK welcome EU ambitions for research and innovation after Brexit
EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier outlined his view on the approaching negotiations with the UK in a speech in Brussels on 22 March.
17 January 2017 Theresa May’s Brexit speech: EUA applauds focus on science, research and innovation
Despite its regret about the UK leaving the EU, EUA is pleased that UK Prime Minister Theresa May explicitly highlighted science, research and innovation in a much anticipated speech on Brexit.
20 October 2016 Brexit: Funding issue clarified for EU students applying to study in UK
The UK has provided an important update on the status of EU students in connection to Brexit.
09 September 2016 Update: Europe’s universities after the Brexit vote
Read the statement and the short factsheet published by the EUA in September 2016
22 July 2016 Universities UK Statement: European university leaders call for continued collaboration after Brexit vote
University leaders from 24 European countries signed a joint statement to stress the importance of continued European university collaboration following the UK's vote to leave the EU.
24 June 2016 Despite Brexit, UK universities remain part of European family
EUA will continue to work with and for British universities. The Europe of universities will not be divided!
17 March 2016 UK university leaders and scientists mobilise against Brexit
Open letter by more than 150 eminent scientists on why leaving the EU could be a disaster for science

 

Resources

Factsheets

EUA Brexit Factsheet: UK – European Research Collaboration and Student Mobility
After the Brexit Referendum: Possible outcomes for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+

 

Videos

On June 7 2017, EUA organised a webinar on "Brexit: What will it mean for universities?" Below you can watch the webinar recording:

Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK and Thomas Jorgensen, Senior Policy Coordinator, EUA, presented views from London and Brussels on how the situation is today and how it could evolve in future. The presentations from both speakers are also available online:
"Brexit, research and higher education" by Vivienne Stern, Universities UK
"Brexit: What is in the cards? The Brussels Perspective" by Thomas Jorgensen, European University Association

 

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