Academic Mobility and Brexit – SRHE Policy Network event: 16 October 2017


Academic Mobility and Brexit – Chair and introduction by Terri Kim – University of East London
Date – 16 October 2017: 12.45-16.00
Venue – SRHE, 73 Collier Street, London N1 9BE
Network – Higher Education Policy Network
The free movement of people is one of the founding principles of the European Union and it has been especially significant to the Higher Education sector as manifested in ERASMUS and the creation of EHEA and ERA.

Since the Brexit referendum in June 2016, however, the future of free movement of academics and students to and from Europe has become uncertain and the impact of post-Brexit may be more far reaching than measurable in the UK HE sector.

Experts agree that the EU is central to the UK’s academic excellence and have consistently warned that British universities may face a serious brain drain as a consequence of Brexit. Just over two-thirds of academic staff in UK higher education are British. The next largest group -17 per cent – is from the rest of the EU, as opposed to 12 per cent from the rest of the world (Scott, 17 March 2017).

In terms of research funding, the UK is almost certain to be a loser after Brexit. As indicated in the UK government’s ‘Review of the Balance of Competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union’ (UK HM Government, 2014), £1.2 billion (GBP) annually in European research funding goes to universities in the UK. That is the second largest amount, after Germany.

Given the ongoing debates and the uncertain processes of Brexit negotiations, this SRHE Policy Network event features two seminar papers by prominent speakers as a stimulus to discussion on the multiple dimensions of Brexit implications for and beyond academic mobility.


Paper 1: Brexit and Higher Education: Beyond Academic Mobility

Dr. Anne Corbett and Dr. Claire Gordon, London School of Economics

Paper 2: International Student Mobility, Transnational Education, and Brexit

Dr. Johanna L. Waters, University of Oxford

Discussant: Dr. Charikleia Tzanakou, Research Fellow at Politics and International Studies (PAIS), University of Warwick

 To book a place press here


Note: Unless otherwise stated SRHE events are free to members, there is a charge of £60 for non-members.


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