The UK’s departure from the EU will inevitably have an impact on European higher education and research. That’s why EUA has closely followed the Brexit debate since the very beginning, dedicating a team of experts to advocacy activities on behalf of its members. The Association is working towards retaining the strong links between universities in the UK and the rest of Europe. It is cooperating closely with its member Universities UK to ensure that British universities will remain an essential part of the European family of universities, which extends beyond EU borders.
In this effort, EUA is using its expertise in higher education and research policy to follow and influence Brexit’s potential impact on the sector. In particular, it is closely monitoring how Brexit will impact UK participation in EU research programmes, like Horizon Europe, as well as Erasmus+. The Association has also published positions and factsheets that can be seen below, as well as guidance to members to mitigate the effects of the UK leaving the EU.
EUA will continue to follow the Brexit negotiations, inform its members and reinforce contacts at the European level to advocate for continued close cooperation between the EU and the UK in higher education and research after Brexit.
On 19 March the Council of the EU adopted a series of legislative acts as part of its contingency preparations for a no-deal Brexit scenario, including measures concerning the Erasmus+ programme and social security coordination. These measures would allow EU students and staff currently in the...view more
EUA and Universities UK have published a common document in order to assist universities prepare...read more
On 30 January 2019, the European Commission proposed that Erasmus+ students currently in the UK be allowed to continue their studies after the Brexit deadline. This would also be the case for UK Erasmus+ students on exchange. The proposal regarding UK students holds the condition that the UK...view more
EUA and Universities UK have published a short a common document for universities to prepare for a no-deal Brexit scenario. The negotiations were supposed to end in October, however a deal has not yet been reached. Although more than 90% of the separation agreement has been agreed, there are...view more
As Brexit negotiations between the EU and the UK are moving into the second phase, EUA...read more
The UK plays an important role in European research and European and global student mobility. In view of Brexit, the European University Association has underlined the importance of keeping close ties between the UK and the rest of Europe in order to safeguard and develop...read more
On 23 June 2016, 51.9% of the British electorate voting in the referendum chose to leave the European Union (EU) after the United Kingdom (UK) had joined in 1973. EUA shares the disappointment over the result with its member Universities UK (UUK) and the British university community. EUA is very...read more
As the UK voted to leave the European Union, EUA shares the disappointment over the result with its member UUK and the British university community. EUA is very concerned about the insecurity this causes, notably with regard to the participation of British universities in the EU funding...view more
With a disorderly Brexit now a real and fast-approaching threat, detailed technical guidance from...read more
Research and education should be among the easier elements of the Brexit negotiations, argue Paul...read more
With the headline terms of the future UK-EU relationship to be agreed by October 2018, it is...read more