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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EC gives details of €100 billion research proposal

Posted in Research on June 9th, 2018 by steve

“The European Commission has announced the details of its €100 billion (US$118 billion) proposal for the next long-term budget for its research and innovation programme for 2021-27, which it calls the ‘most ambitious research and innovation programme ever’. Horizon Europe, as the new programme is known, ‘will build on the achievements and success of the previous research and innovation programme (Horizon 2020) and keep the European Union at the forefront of global research and innovation’, the commission declared on Thursday …'” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 8 June]

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‘Moonshot’ science trumps basic research in EU budget proposals

Posted in Research on June 8th, 2018 by steve

“Curiosity-driven science has lost out to huge ‘moonshot’ research projects in plans for the next European Union research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe. University representatives were left disappointed by a smaller than expected proposed budget increase for the European Research Council, arguably the continent’s most prestigious funder of basic research …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 7 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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Why accommodation is a key barrier to studying abroad

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2018 by steve

“The benefits of study abroad have long been known – the positive impact is so widely accepted that the European Union is currently working towards the ambitious target of having 20% of all students enjoy a mobility experience. We are still far from that figure, but luckier students find themselves propelled out into the world during the course of their studies. Generally, they return more independent, self-reliant, adaptable, culturally aware, multilingual and so much more …” (more)

[Rosie Birchard, University World News, 11 May]

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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]

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