The Brexit White Paper: what does it mean for higher education and research?

Posted in Research on August 9th, 2018 by steve

“While Theresa May pledged that ‘the days of sending vast sums of money to the EU’ are over, the UK is still very much under the illusion that the days of receiving large amounts of EU money in specific sectors are not. Hopes of an early deal allowing UK universities to remain among the highest beneficiaries of EU research funding programmes are vanishing quickly …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, CGHE, 9 August]

Tags: , ,

Trump and Brexit could lure more scientists to Ireland, says research chief

Posted in Research on July 24th, 2018 by steve

“Uncertainty in the UK and US scientific communities because of combined effects of Brexit and Donald Trump’s controversial policies could provide Ireland with a competitive advantage, according to the director general of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 23 July]

Tags: , , ,

Preserving the DNA of UK universities: the key role of non-UK postgraduate research students

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2018 by steve

“We cannot understand the risks posed by Brexit to the UK higher education (HE) system simply by taking a bird’s eye view of the system at the macro-level, treating the ‘university’ as a one and indivisible unit and the ‘student’ as a one-size-fits-all category. This misses the diversity of higher education institutions (HEIs), the multitude of disciplines they harbour that cater for all dimensions of human activity and the different types of students they enrol …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman and Simon Marginson, CGHE, 17 July]

Tags: , ,

Brexit fears spur Northerners’ Trinity snub

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 2nd, 2018 by steve

“A sharp fall in applications to Trinity College Dublin from students from the North has been blamed on Brexit. Just 759 CAO applications were made to Trinity from Northern students this year – a hefty drop from last year’s 964. Between 2014 and 2018, application numbers had steadily increased each year to the high of 964 last year, following efforts by Trinity to become a ‘university for the whole island’ …” (more)

[Nick Bramhill, Independent, 1 July]

Tags: , , ,

Already, Brexit May Have Derailed Trinity’s All-Island Ambitions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2018 by steve

“Two years ago, Trinity’s ambition to be a ‘university for the whole island’ had started to falter. Even as applications from Northern Irish students were increasing, the spectre of Brexit loomed large, with the rate of acceptances falling. Today, things have worsened considerably. For the first time in four years, the number of students from Northern Ireland applying to Trinity has fallen dramatically, while the ‘confusion, uncertainty and outright game-changing nature of Brexit’ warned of two years ago has only worsened …” (more)

[University Times, 24 June]

Tags: , ,

Universities UK renews call for ‘urgent clarity’ on EU students’ fee status

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2018 by steve

“Universities UK has renewed its call for urgent clarity about the fee status of EU students starting courses in the UK during the Brexit transition period (2019-20), warning that the country could see a drop in EU students otherwise …” (more)

[Kerrie Kennedy, The PIE News, 20 June]

Tags: , ,

Brexit and higher education – the Irish question resolved?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 12th, 2018 by steve

“Intractable discussions about how to avoid a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland may be continuing, but one element of the relationship between Ireland and the UK post-Brexit appears to be capable of a positive resolution …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 June]

Tags: , , ,

What will Brexit mean for Irish students?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 5th, 2018 by steve

“Big intractable political and economic issues continue to dominate Brexit negotiations. Almost everything else is relegated to a ‘it will be all right on the night’ approach backed by vague assurances from the UK government and dismissive ‘we’ll see’ responses from Europe …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 5 June]

Tags: , ,

The UK’s participation in Horizon Europe: caught in a game of high politics?

Posted in Research on June 4th, 2018 by steve

“On 6 March 2018 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) released its proposed vision for the EU’s Ninth Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2021-2027). Recently christened Horizon Europe, this is the world’s largest and most competitive research funding programme, established at a time of growing uncertainty as to whether the UK wants, can afford, or will be allowed to fully participate …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, Centre for Global Higher Education]

Tags: , , , ,

Call for Ireland to maintain strong research links with UK after Brexit

Posted in Research on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“The Government’s Brexit Strategy should seek to preserve the closest possible research links between Ireland and the UK, according to the president of the Royal Irish Academy, Prof Peter Kennedy. The strength of the current relationship was reflected in the scale of research collaborations currently undertaken jointly by the neighbouring countries, he said at a ceremony in Dublin to admit new RIA members …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 29 May]

Tags: , , ,

Drop in students choosing Derry campus due to Brexit uncertainty

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2018 by steve

“There has been a drop off in students selecting the Derry campus of Ulster University as their first preference for third-level studies, and a decline in job applications for posts there since the Brexit vote. Magee – as the university’s Derry campus is known – is Ireland’s only Border university …” (more)

[Freya McClements, Irish Times, 14 May]

Tags: , , , ,

Forum hears of need to bolster post-Brexit UK-Ireland research

Posted in Research on May 12th, 2018 by steve

“Establishing a major research fund jointly supported by the UK and Ireland and a new North-South research centre have been proposed to strengthen collaboration between the two countries post-Brexit. The proposals, which will be submitted to the Irish and UK governments in coming days, were outlined at a British-Irish Chamber of Commerce conference in London on developing higher education and research partnerships …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 11 May]

Tags: , , ,

Irish students in UK ‘will escape higher fees’ in wake of Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish students in the UK won’t have to pay higher ‘international’ fees and will still be able to access student loans after Brexit. British government minister Sam Gyimah told a high-level conference in London he is committed to maintaining rights of Irish students to access higher and further education on equal terms with UK nationals …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 May]

Tags: , , ,

More third level spending needed to attract top academics

Posted in Governance and administration on May 11th, 2018 by steve

“Academics in the UK are showing an interest in moving to Ireland because of Brexit, but there is an urgent need to substantially increase investment in Irish third level education, Oxford University vice-chancellor Prof Louise Richardson has said …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 10 May]

Tags: , , , ,

‘Studying in Britain not feasible if fees rise’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 10th, 2018 by steve

“The 350 Irish student nurses in Buckinghamshire New University are some of the beating hearts that make up a human bridge between Ireland and the UK. It is a link that can be traced back for generations, and which Brexit threatens to sever. The ‘Bucks’ students are among about 10,000 Irish currently pursuing third-level study in Britain and Northern Ireland, often because they couldn’t get the course they wanted at home …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 May]

Tags: , ,

Brexit is an opportunity for higher education in Ireland, says expert

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 10th, 2018 by steve

“Brexit is an opportunity for Ireland to become a world-leading research centre – but the Government must step up its investment in higher education if the country is to grasp the chance. That is the view of international business figure Niall FitzGerald, the former CEO and chair of the consumer goods giant Unilever, now chair of the UCD Smurfit School …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 May]

Tags: , ,

Third Level Fees – Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 10th, 2018 by steve

Kathleen Funchion (Carlow-Kilkenny, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if third level students from Northern Ireland studying here will be exempt from paying non-EU student fees under the common travel area from 2019 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 May]

Tags: , , , ,

University staff demographics: the fabric of UK universities at risk from Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2018 by steve

“Dr Ludovic Highman outlines the potential impact of Brexit on academics at UK universities and shows that UK universities are highly dependent on EU academic staff. In the briefing, Dr Highman highlights the proportion and distribution of EU academics in UK universities. He points out that many non-UK EU academics are employed in fields where the domestic pool of candidates is insufficient …” (more)

[Centre for Global Higher Education, 20 April]

Tags: , ,

Redefining a Post-Brexit EU-UK Partnership in Research and Higher Education

Posted in Research on April 11th, 2018 by steve

“The complexity of the intricate relationships linking European Union (EU) member states as well as the EU institutions and their member states appears to have been misunderstood in the United Kingdom (UK) at the time of the June 2016 referendum …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, College of Europe Policy Brief, April]

Tags: , , ,

EU students at UK universities: patterns and trends

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 5th, 2018 by steve

“Dr Ludovic Highman outlines the potential impact of Brexit on the UK’s international student body. In the briefing, he shows that the distribution of EU students in the UK is likely to become more uneven, with English universities outside large cities experiencing the biggest drop in EU student numbers …” (more)

[Centre for Global Higher Education, April]

Tags: , ,