Oxford University considering French campus amid research funding concerns after Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2017 by steve

“Oxford University is considering opening its first foreign campus in direct response to the UK leaving the European Union. The former director of the French ministry for education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, confirmed French authorities and institutions were working to bring the UK’s most revered universities to France and said officials had also spoken to representatives from the University of Warwick …” (more)

[Harry Cockburn, Independent, 20 February]

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The University Challenge: what type of Brexit would work for Higher Education?

Posted in Research on February 4th, 2017 by steve

“The EU brought invaluable networks for research and collaboration to the UK. More than that, it fostered a shared democratic culture of openness and tolerance. But these links will have to change as Britain pursues a hard Brexit. Time is short …” (more)

[Anne Corbett and Claire Gordon,
LSE British Politics and Policy Blog, 4 February]

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The university challenge: what would an Intelligent Brexit look like?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

“The EU brought invaluable networks for research and collaboration to the UK. More than that, it fostered a shared democratic culture of openness and tolerance. But these links will have to change as Britain pursues a hard Brexit …” (more)

[Anne Corbett and Claire Gordon, LSE Brexit Blog, 2 February]

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New UCC president Patrick O’Shea sees Brexit dividend

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The chance to attract more research funding and international investment because of the fallout from Brexit are to be a key focus of University College Cork’s new president. However, Patrick O’Shea also wants to widen the scope of an existing Brexit committee at the university to take advantage of growing numbers of researchers seeking to move away from the US …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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NUI Galway welcomes confirmation that Northern Irish Students will continue to Qualify for the Free Fees Initiative

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway today welcomed confirmation from the Department of Education and Skills that eligible students from the UK who enrol for eligible courses for the 2017/18 academic year will be able to avail of the Department’s Free Fee Schemes as in previous years …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 27 January]

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Support Mechanisms for Evidence-based Policy-Making in Education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

“Eurydice published a new report describing the mechanisms and practices that support evidence-based policy-making in the education sector in Europe. It provides an initial mapping of a complex area. It compares institutions and practices in evidence-based policy-making, as well as the accessibility, and mediation, of evidence…” (more, download)

[ETUCE, 27 January]

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No longer welcome: the EU academics in Britain told to ‘make arrangements to leave’

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

“Some EU citizens living in Britain who decided to seek permanent residency after the Brexit vote are being told to make arrangements to leave. A number of these people are among the 31,000 EU academics currently working in UK universities. Colin Talbot says many are alarmed and some have already decided to leave – putting the expertise of Britain’s universities in serious jeopardy …” (more)

[LSE Brexit Blog, 26 January]

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EU applications for UK university places down 7%, MPs told

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2017 by steve

“Applications from EU students for places at UK universities have dropped by more than 7% according to latest figures, a committee of MPs investigating the impact of Brexit on higher education has been told …” (more)

[Sally Weale and Caelainn Barr, Guardian, 25 January]

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Universities in the uncertain world of Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2017 by steve

“There was never any doubt where the higher education sector stood on the UK’s membership of the European Union. Right from the start, Universities UK took a strong position in favour of the EU, and sponsored a campaign group entitled Universities for Europe. This almost certainly aligned with a widespread view amongst academics, as reflected indeed in guest posts in this blog …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 16 January]

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Queen’s Publishes EU Referendum Paper

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research on January 16th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s have published an EU Exit Institutional Position Paper which sets out the key issues arising from the referendum result which will impact the University. There are four key issues, as set out below: Access to EU Research Funding; Status of Current and Future EU Staff; Student Recruitment and Mobility; Relationship with the Republic of Ireland …” (more, download)

[QUB, 16 January]

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Queen’s University, Belfast, warns over Brexit ‘risks’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 13th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University, Belfast, has warned Brexit poses ‘challenges and risks’ to its ability to attract international staff, students and EU research funds. The concerns are expressed in a paper analysing the possible implications of Brexit, specifically for Queen’s. It shows EU undergraduate applications to QUB dropped by over 6% this year …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 13 January]

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Brexit doesn’t have to be a disaster for universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2017 by steve

“At the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi), we have worked with London Economics and Kaplan International on the most detailed and sophisticated econometric modelling yet undertaken on how Brexit will affect universities. The results confirm that our departure from the European Union will be messy and difficult – but perhaps not as bad as feared …” (more)

[Nick Hillman, Guardian, 12 January]

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University leaders and academics warn hard Brexit could be disaster

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 11th, 2017 by steve

“A hard Brexit could be the ‘biggest disaster’ for British universities, costing decades of progress and leaving the UK’s international status diminished, vice-chancellors and senior academics have told MPs …” (more)

[Richard Adams, Guardian, 11 January]

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Ulster University bags €23m in EU funding for advanced research projects

Posted in Research on January 6th, 2017 by steve

“Getting 2017 off to a good start, Ulster University has revealed that it has been awarded €23m in EU funding to develop three advanced research projects in the fields of life sciences and renewable energy …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 5 January]

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Brexit conundrum 27,621 – A university one

Posted in Teaching on December 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“So, this morning, I got a nice email from Liverpool University. It got me thinking. I’m going to be an external examiner, for a PhD. As is the norm there is a very modest stipend (£165) plus reasonable expenses. So, a trip to Liverpool, a chance to engage in some discussion with a young scholar, a few beers with some mates there in the Uni and elsewhere …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 12 December]

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‘Brexit and Irish Higher Education and Research: Challenges and Opportunities’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“This paper is an initial effort by the Higher Education Authority to map some of the issues that may arise in the higher education and research sector in the Republic of Ireland as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union. The paper maps some issues, but it also points to some uncertainties; what exactly will happen, when and to what effect remain open questions …” (more)

[HEA discussion paper, 28 November]

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Brexit by the numbers: the fear of brain drain

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

“British universities fear losing large swathes of their research staff as the country faces up to Brexit, the split with the European Union. More than 31,000 academics at UK universities are non-British EU citizens, and so may lose their rights to live in the United Kingdom after Brexit …” (more)

[Daniel Cressey, Nature, 12 December]

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Forging links outside Europe post-Brexit ‘not realistic’

Posted in Research on December 8th, 2016 by steve

“The UK government’s expectation that academics can suddenly forge new international research collaborations in the wake of Brexit are unrealistic and ignore the fact that scholars have already built such links where they are beneficial …” (more)

[John Elmes, Times Higher Education, 8 December]

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UK universities seek legal advice to protect EU staff members

Posted in Legal issues on December 7th, 2016 by steve

“There has been a ‘large spike’ in immigration law related inquiries from UK universities and colleges, who are seeking to reassure anxious staff members concerned about the impact of Brexit, an employment law expert has said …” (more)

[Out.law.com, 6 December]

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German universities to reintroduce tuition fees for non-EU students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 4th, 2016 by steve

Germany“Students from outside the European Union will soon have to pay to attend universities in south-west Germany, where until now, courses have been free. Tuition fees were scrapped in Baden-Württemberg state in 2011, and universities became free from cost in all German states by 2014 …” (more)

[Rachael Pells, Independent, 3 December]

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