‘Eurofog’ of claim and counterclaim on EU membership and UK science

Graeme Reid, Professor of Science and Research Policy at UCL, recently advised a House of Lords inquiry on the impact of EU membership on UK  science and research. In this post, he discusses the inquiry’s main findings, both expected and unexpected. He also joins a high-level panel to discuss the topic at the UCL European Institute on 12 May 2016. The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee published its … Continue reading ‘Eurofog’ of claim and counterclaim on EU membership and UK science

The implications of Brexit on Irish Higher Education

Ned Costello, CEO of the Irish Universities Association, argues that a UK exit from the European Union would likely have a significant negative impact on Irish students in the UK, British students in Ireland, and the Irish Higher Education sector in general. Each year, around this time, we are reminded of the close nature of the relationship between the UK and Ireland … BAFTA awards … Continue reading The implications of Brexit on Irish Higher Education

Debating the EU at Universities: A Response to Menon

What kind of debate on EU membership should we have at a university? Professor Jan Kubik, Director of the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, replies to Anand Menon who has criticised Universities UK for taking sides against a UK exit from the EU. Kubik calls for contestation, but also for broadening the debate beyond narrow economic concerns. Universities, above all, he argues, should be places … Continue reading Debating the EU at Universities: A Response to Menon

Europe and Research Excellence in the UK

Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, University of Kent Vice Chancellor, examines the role of EU research collaboration and funding in sustaining and fostering research excellence in the UK. The recent results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), a national review of research across all disciplines and all Universities that takes place about every 6 years, have once again demonstrated the strength of research in the UK with … Continue reading Europe and Research Excellence in the UK