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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Why there is no brain drain (yet) of EU academics in the UK

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2017 by steve

“A predicted exodus of EU academics from British universities has not yet materialised. Helen de Cruz discusses why – despite the uncertainty hanging over their future status and rights – the ‘brain drain’ has not really begun yet …” (more)

[LSE Brexit Blog, 13 October]

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A bad-tempered Brexit is a risky move for universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

“‘Brexit – that is not the future of Europe’, said Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, in his annual agenda-setting state of the union speech in September. While few universities on the continent would be so dismissive, it is fair to say that Brexit has lost its sense of urgency in many places. ‘It has happened, it’s a shame, let’s get on with it’, largely sums up the mood …” (more)

[Lesley Wilson, Guardian, 11 October]

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Belfast uni considers cross-border professorships to keep EU cash

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on October 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A top UK university is considering creating joint academic posts with institutions in the Irish Republic to ensure it still benefits from post-Brexit European research funding. Queen’s in Belfast, a member of the Russell Group of leading research-driven universities, is exploring the potential of establishing shared professorships with colleges in Dublin and elsewhere south of the Irish border …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 10 October]

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BrHExit: The view from Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In recent days, Boris Johnson’s 4,000 word thesis on post-Brexit Britain appeared in the Daily Telegraph. It is notable that Mr. Johnson didn’t seem to see the higher education sector as playing a role in making Britain ‘great’ …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Wonkhe, 25 September]

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Could Brexit cause problems for Irish universities?

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

Ireland“The effects of Brexit and the consequences it will have on third-level students are still only emerging. Britain’s decision to leave the EU will have wide ranging ramifications for university life both at home and abroad …” (more)

[Daniel Forde, University Observer, 23 September]

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Higher education underfunding ‘must be tackled to reap benefits of Brexit’

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

Ireland“The higher education system will lose out on opportunities presented by Brexit unless underfunding is tackled, a new report warns. Ireland will be the only English-speaking country in the EU after Brexit, apart from tiny Malta, putting it in a unique position to attract students and researchers, who might otherwise study or work in the UK …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 September]

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Close research links with EU ‘negotiable’ post-Brexit

Posted in Research on September 6th, 2017 by steve

“The government is prepared to negotiate continued membership of the European Union’s research funding bodies after exiting the EU, the BBC understands. A range of options for scientific collaboration will be set out in a government paper on Wednesday …” (more)

[Pallab Ghosh, BBC News, 6 September]

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Impact of Brexit Is Already Resonating Across UK Universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 29th, 2017 by steve

“Lydia Bruna, a young filmmaker from Germany, was considering doing her master’s degree at the prestigious National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, just west of the British capital. Not only does the school have an international reputation, a British master’s would help her career in the United Kingdom – the European hub for filmmaking. But a note on the fee page of the school’s website changed her plans …” (more)

[Christopher Schuetze, US News, 28 August]

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Put UK universities at the centre of free trade deals

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2017 by steve

“British higher education is the fifth-largest export sector in the United Kingdom. According to the Treasury (2015), the UK has a target to increase educational exports from £18 billion (US$23 billion) in 2012 to £30 billion (US$38 billion) by 2020 …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, University World News, 25 August]

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Rethink of EU research membership rules may offer UK ‘solution’

Posted in Research on August 16th, 2017 by steve

“The redrawing of the criteria for associate membership of the European Commission’s next research framework programme could offer the UK a ‘solution’ for accessing continental grants and collaborations post-Brexit, a sector leader has said …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 16 August]

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Post-Brexit free movement for students ‘risks class conflict’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2017 by steve

“The UK and European Union may look to preserve free movement specifically for students after Brexit, but such a deal could ‘exacerbate existing class conflicts’ given inequalities in access to higher education, according to a researcher …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 14 August]

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Which subjects at UK universities rely most on EU academics?

Posted in Research on August 14th, 2017 by steve

“Universities in the UK have stepped up their lobbying of the government over Brexit as crucial negotiations take place about the future status of European Union citizens working in the country …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 14 August]

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Brexit linked to sharp rise in EU students’ CAO applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There has been a sharp increase in the number of European Union students applying for third-level courses through the CAO system, which experts say is linked to uncertainty over Brexit. The numbers come as tens of thousands of students prepare to receive their Leaving Cert results on Wednesday …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 August]

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