Underfunding means our universities will suffer not benefit from Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities lack the investment to benefit from Brexit – another fall out of gross underfunding of higher education by government, says UCC IFUT member, Rosarii Griffin. UCC Researchers recently organised a discussion on the plight of researchers on temporary contracts, a Researcher Career Framework, and the importance of research to the University life, both nationally and internationally …” (more)

[IFUT, 8 November]

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Worry grows among Trinity students abroad as Erasmus grants remain unpaid

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A multitude of Trinity students studying abroad on the Erasmus exchange programme are yet to receive the first instalment of their Erasmus grant, sparking confusion and concern about finances. Affected students include many of those on exchanges in Scotland, Denmark, France, and Spain, and other Erasmus host countries …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 7 November]

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Third-Sector May Be Insulated From Worst Of Brexit

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

Ireland“The Department of Education and Skills (DES) are collaborating with the Higher Education Authority (HEA), to prepare for consequences of both a ‘negotiated exit’ and ‘no deal’ Brexit on their institutions. The EU has stated as past of the Withdrawal Agreement, that the UK and Ireland could agree to maintain their current higher education relationship under the Common Travel Area (CTA) …” (more)

[College Tribune, 7 November]

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Universities are a bargaining chip in the Brexit free-trade future

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2018 by steve

“Higher education – although clearly not a government priority – is becoming a potentially powerful bargaining chip as the UK considers its future outside the EU. Anne Corbett (LSE) examines the May government’s proposal to treat higher education as a sweetener for free trade deals, an idea that is likely to have life in it whatever the immediate Brexit outcome …” (more)

[LSE Brexit Blog, 31 October]

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New Erasmus Proposal: ETUC and ETUCE call for a more inclusive programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2018 by steve

“On 30 May 2018, the European Commission published its proposal for establishing “Erasmus” 2021-2027: the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. This new proposal will be the successor of the present Erasmus+ Programme 2014-2020, focusing on all education sectors. …” (more)

[ETUCE, 12 October]

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Debate: Emmanuel Macron’s European university, an IDEA for moving Europe forward

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

“In September 2017 Emmanuel Macron revived the idea of the European university during his Sorbonne speech on the future of Europe. Twenty of such European universities should emerge until 2024. Composed of four to six higher education institutions in at least three EU member states, European universities should develop joint-degree and executive-education programs …” (more)

[Andreas Kaplan, The Conversation, 27 September]

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Cork’s Tyndall Institute secures €7m in Horizon 2020 funding

Posted in Research on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As one of Europe’s leading research centres and Ireland’s national institute for high-tech hardware, Tyndall has been awarded over €7 million for research projects in the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 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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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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How to improve your chances with a Horizon 2020 bid

Posted in Research on June 30th, 2018 by steve

“Given the high failure rate of applications for the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme, the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science has, in collaboration with the EU Office at the University of Copenhagen and the Research Support Office at Aarhus University …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 28 June]

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Will Europe Lead a Global Flip to Open Access?

Posted in Research on June 26th, 2018 by steve

“From a distance, you might think that journal publishers should be celebrating their success in Europe. They are being offered the open access (OA) crown, locking in OA contracts and article flows. But, European policy targets are adding complexity …” (more)

[Roger Schonfeld, The Scholarly Kitchen, 26 June]

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Will Horizon Europe be more open to the world?

Posted in Research on June 25th, 2018 by steve

“The European Commission’s draft proposal for the European Union’s research programme for 2021-28, Horizon Europe, has been heralded by some stakeholders for adding a rule change on third-party participation that could pave the way for more countries from across the world to join the programme …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 22 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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Universities demand hike in EU research funding

Posted in Research on June 17th, 2018 by steve

“In the wake of the European Commission’s release of its outline for the Ninth Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe, 14 European associations of universities released a joint statement on Friday calling upon the European Union institutions to double the budget for Horizon Europe, improve its content and reconsider the budget distribution over the different pillars of the programme …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 15 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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