EUA has closely followed Brexit since the very beginning, dedicating a team of experts to advocacy activities on behalf of its members. The Association aims at informing the members about the consequences of Brexit for future cooperation, and it 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 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 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 13-14 April 2021, EUA member Universities UK International will hold their flagship conference, the International Higher Education Forum (IHEF). It will bring together higher education professionals from around the world to engage on topics such as the UK’s exit from the EU,...view more
In late December 2020, the European Union and the United Kingdom concluded a Trade and Cooperation...read more
In a wider context marked by the Covid-19 crisis, the transition to a digital and green economy,...read more
Europe’s universities, in the European Union and neighbouring countries including the United Kingdom, are pleased to see that an agreement on the EU-UK future relationship has been reached. The European family of universities sees the result as a solid basis to continue and enhance our...view more
EUA and more than 100 individuals and organisations have signed a statement by the British foundation Wellcome Trust that argues for full UK association to the Horizon Europe programme. As negotiations about the UK’s association to EU programmes are progressing slowly, the signatories call on...view more
As negotiations regarding the EU-UK future relations enter a critical phase, EUA calls on both parties to look for compromise and not to lose sight of a key element of the big picture, which is that continued cooperation in research, innovation and education is highly beneficial for all...view more
On 31 January, with Brexit underway, higher education and research organisations from both sides of the English Channel published a common statement committing to maintain their current relationships. An initiative of Universities UK, 36 major organisations representing science and higher...view more
Many in the university sector are committed to the European idea and regret the UK’s exit from the...read more
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
Brexit is a sad moment, as is always the case whenever a member of a community leaves. But for...read more
Despite Brexit, British higher education institutions must remain in the European family of...read 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