Brexit: German universities among those poised to benefit if researchers and funding shift

Posted in Research on February 23rd, 2018 by steve

“The UK is currently the second-largest recipient of competitive research funding from the EU: 6% of students and 17% of staff in UK universities are from other EU countries. Nearly half of academic papers produced by the UK are written in collaboration with at least one international partner – and among the top 20 countries UK academics cooperate the most with, 13 are in the EU …” (more)

[IOE London Blog, 23 February]

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Brexit ready: how the education sector is preparing already

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

Ireland“Brexit presents challenges across every area of the country and public policy sector. The education system is no different, with enor mous changes coming down the track as a result of the British departure from the EU. The Action Plan for Education 2018 says Brexit also presents opportunities for Ireland to diversify its offerings in a changed international market …” (more)

[Independent, 14 February]

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Students to learn more foreign languages under post-Brexit plan

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More students will be encouraged to learn foreign languages and study abroad under a plan to build closer links with Europe following Brexit. The Government’s action plan for education acknowledges that Ireland needs to prepare for a changed dynamic in the EU following the UK’s departure and the rising importance of non-English speaking countries globally …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Number of EU students applying to UK universities surges despite Brexit fears

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

“More EU students have applied to study at UK universities this year despite industry-wide fears that the Brexit vote would make it less appealing, new Ucas figures show. The number of EU and international students applying for university places in the UK has increased to more than 100,000 for the first time – a rise of nearly 8% on last year, data reveals …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Independent, 6 February]

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Scotland confirms free tuition for EU students in 2019-20

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

“The Scottish government has extended its pledge of free university tuition for European Union students to the cohort arriving in 2019-20, covering the period immediately after the UK’s exit from the bloc. The move, announced on 1 February, increases the pressure on the UK government to extend the offer of student loan funding to EU students enrolling in English higher education institutions in 2019-20 …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 1 February]

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Ireland must invest in higher education to benefit from Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Brexit fatigue has set in. While we are delighted that a ‘hard Brexit’ looks likely to be avoided and that the common travel area is to be preserved, we have little sense of what a ‘soft Brexit’ might mean for research and education. Will, for example, the UK disengage from EU research funding or from the Erasmus+ mobility programme? What might this mean for Ireland? …” (more)

[Jane Ohlmeyer, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Brexit prompts tumble in number of Irish students going to UK

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A few short years ago, thousands of Irish school-leavers were applying for UK-based courses. These numbers have tumbled in more recent times. Higher college fees, the removal of NHS funding of nursing and paramedical, and uncertainty over Brexit have contributed to a big drop in applications to UK universities from Irish students …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 15 January]

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Beneath Pledges of Post-Brexit Unity, Worries of Disorder for Third-Level

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There has been much made of Ireland’s decision to ardently align itself with the grouping known as the EU27 – the EU27 being every member state that has not voted to leave the EU – instead of the UK. And there are two trains of thought as to why it has done so: one is that we’re fixated on looking like compliant EU citizens. The other is that it’s actually in our own long-term interest to do so …” (more)

[University Times, 14 January]

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Brexit: More than 2,300 EU academics resign amid warning over UK university ‘Brexodus’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2018 by steve

“More than 2,300 EU academics have resigned from British universities over the past year amid concerns over a ‘Brexodus’ of top talent in higher education. New figures show a 19% increase in departures of European staff from universities last year compared to before the EU referendum, and a 10% rise from some 2130 resignations in 2015-16 …” (more)

[Lizzy Buchan, Independent, 6 January]

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UK universities plan German links to weather Brexit storm

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2018 by steve

“The UK’s research-intensive universities are hurrying to create partnerships with German institutions to continue to benefit from continental funding after Brexit. The University of Oxford has said that a new alliance with four Berlin universities could help its academics to win joint grants from British and German funders, while another Russell Group university expects to announce a similar partnership soon …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 4 January]

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UK-led research with EU funding drops sharply after Brexit vote

Posted in Research on December 21st, 2017 by steve

“The UK suffered a sharp drop in the value of European Union research and innovation projects that it started coordinating in the year after the Brexit referendum, suggesting that uncertainty caused by the vote has severely damaged Britain’s academic leadership in Europe. It led €916 million (£805 million) worth of Horizon 2020 projects that started in 2017, a fall of close to half a billion euros compared with 2016, according to a Times Higher Education analysis of EU data …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 21 December]

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Brexit: UK in Erasmus student scheme until at least 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“The UK will continue to take part in the Erasmus student exchange programme until at least the end of 2020, the prime minister has said. Theresa May praised Erasmus+ and confirmed the UK would still be involved after Brexit in March 2019 …” (more)

[BBC News, 14 December]

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Will the UK get a Brexit deal on research? That’s the €160bn question

Posted in Research on December 5th, 2017 by steve

“The government isn’t committing to a Brexit deal for universities, but we need a new partnership in science and innovation between the EU and the UK – and we need it urgently. The stakes are high: the continued ability of British universities to produce high quality research, and of the UK to retain its status as a leading knowledge economy, depend upon it …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, Guardian, 5 December]

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ETUCE releases Brexit statement

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2017 by steve

“ETUCE has now published a statement on Brexit negotiations following its adoption by the ETUCE Committee. The statement focuses on the potential effects of Brexit upon education and the teaching profession …” (more)

[ETUCE, 16 November]

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Brexit: The academic subjects most threatened by Britain leaving the EU revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2017 by steve

“British universities are at risk of ‘collapse’ after Brexit as the future of tens of thousands of foreign academics is called into doubt, according to a new report. Changes to immigration rules will make it increasingly difficult for universities to hire and retain top academic talent …” (more)

[Josh Gabbatiss, Independent, 14 November]

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Creating a new relationship in research, science and innovation with the EU

Posted in Research on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

“Dr Vassiliki Papatsiba from the University of Sheffield and Dr Ludovic Highman from the UCL Institute of Education highlight the urgent need for a new partnership in research, science and innovation with the EU if the UK is to retain its status as a leading knowledge economy. The briefing outlines why clarity on the future of the UK’s research relationship with the EU is so necessary …” (more)

[Centre for Global Higher Education, 1 November]

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Paranoia and Consensus: British Universities and Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Another day, another paranoid Daily Mail headline.  Obsessed with ‘traitors within’, the people who gave you ‘Crush the Saboteurs’ continue to present the existence of large numbers of people who have always opposed Brexit as some sort of treasonable conspiracy theory …” (more)

[conradbrunstrom, 26 October]

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Brexit perspectives in the academy

Posted in Teaching on October 25th, 2017 by steve

“Apparently like all university heads in the United Kingdom, I received a letter this week from Mr Chris Heaton-Harris MP, a Conservative Whip in the House of Commons and, as his own website states, a ‘fierce Eurosceptic’. In his letter, Mr Heaton-Harris asks me to supply him with the names of professors ‘who are involved in the teaching of European affairs, with particular reference to Brexit’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 October]

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Third Level Admissions Entry Requirements: A-levels

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Ó Donnghaile (Sinn Fein): I raised this Commencement matter because the issue in question is coming to the fore. Many students, educationalists and teachers in the North are noticing and falling foul of a particular anomaly where there is a difference in the recognition of the A-level grading system by institutions in the South. This has only been exacerbated by Brexit …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 24 October]

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Student Leaders Unite to Condemn Brexit ‘Chaos’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Student leaders from Ireland, the UK and Northern Ireland all today jointly condemned the detrimental impact on higher education of the uncertainty around the UK’s exit from the EU. In a joint statement at a student summit in London today …” (more)

[Matthew Murphy, University Times, 20 October]

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