University ‘dual nationality’ plan for Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

“A top UK university is planning a ‘unique’ post-Brexit arrangement with a German university in which staff will be appointed jointly by both institutions, with the aim of keeping access to EU research funding for UK academics. Imperial College London, ranked as one of the top 10 universities in the world, has signed a partnership with the Technical University of Munich …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 10 October]

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Brexit deal: DCU institute to be backed by Grant Thornton

Posted in Research on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Grant Thornton has signed a three-year deal to sponsor the DCU Brexit Institute. Under the partnership, Grant Thornton joins AIB and Arthur Cox as an official sponsor of the Institute at a time when Brexit negotiations are intensifying …” (more)

[Independent, 26 September]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor travels to UK to meet higher education counterpart Minister Gyimah

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O Connor, TD today (Tuesday, 25 September) met with Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Gyimah to discuss current developments in higher education in Ireland and the UK …” (more)

[Department of Education of Skills, 25 September]

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State and UK unite to keep the door open for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish and British governments are working hard to protect existing arrangements between the two countries in the areas of higher education and research, but much depends on the final Brexit deal. Earlier this month, UK Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds visited Dublin to reinforce the close relationship between the two countries …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 September]

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Brexit threatens Trinity mission to be university ‘for all Ireland’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Brexit is threatening Trinity College Dublin’s historic mission to be ‘a university for the whole island of Ireland’. Since it opened 426 years ago, Trinity has been proud of bringing different traditions, north and south, together. However, the uncertainty caused by Brexit has already taken a big toll on CAO applications from the North this year, which are down 20% …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 September]

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Hard Brexit – The risk to postgraduate research

Posted in Research on September 1st, 2018 by steve

“… We offer a more fine-grained analysis, focusing on one dimension of higher education and research with many ramifications, that is, the role of non-UK postgraduate research students in UK research. These students substantially enhance UK research capacity and teaching excellence and UK higher education institutions are highly dependent on them …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman and Simon Marginson, University World News, 31 August]

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A no-deal Brexit will betray British science

Posted in Research on August 28th, 2018 by steve

“On 14 June 2014, just over a week before the EU referendum, Vote Leave were keen to calm the fears of British scientists, farmers and others who relied on European funds …” (more)

[Mike Galsworthy, Guardian, 28 August]

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University research projects at risk of ‘collapse’ amid no-deal Brexit, union leader says

Posted in Research on August 27th, 2018 by steve

“Vital research and collaboration projects at universities are at risk of collapsing if the UK exits the EU without a deal, the leader of the largest union of higher education staff has warned. Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), which has more than 100,000 members, said the fall-out from Brexit is the ‘biggest challenge facing higher education’ …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Independent, 26 August]

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Guidance: Erasmus+ in the UK if there’s no Brexit deal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 24th, 2018 by steve

“A scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without agreement (a ‘no deal’ scenario) remains unlikely given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated outcome. Negotiations are progressing well and both we and the EU continue to work hard to seek a positive deal. However, it’s our duty as a responsible government to prepare for all eventualities …” (more)

[UK Department for Education, 23 August]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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