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WRB Office Participates in First UniLion Event on Brexit

WRB Office Participates in First UniLion Event on Brexit

On the 22nd March, the Informal Network of University Liaison Offices (UniLion) held its first event on the topic of future research collaboration after Brexit. The event was introduced by Dr Phil Holliday, European Public Affairs Director of White Rose Brussels.

The event launched the UniLion report, ‘Post-Brexit: Perceived Challenges for collaboration between British and European Universities’, which surveyed 20 universities from 8 European countries on their attitudes to post-Brexit research collaboration.

As well as introducing the report, the event convened a high-level panel to discuss its implications and situate the findings in a wider political context. The panel included Joanna Burton, Policy Analyst from The Russell Group of Universities, Thomas Jorgensen, Senior Policy Officer at European University Association, and Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive of the European Policy Centre. The discussion and Q&A was chaired by Richard Tuffs, former CEO of ERRIN regional network.

Charlotte Eide from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) introduced the reports’ key findings and provided the audience with an overview of the parameters. She was followed by individual presentations from each panellist, who gave varied perspectives on the future of EU-British research cooperation.

Joanna Burton communicated the Russell Group’s preference for associated member status in future European Framework Programmes, as well as the support for close continued cooperation from Russell Group universities. Thomas Jorgensen supplemented this perspective, arguing that European universities represented by EUA also wished to continue collaborating closely with British partners. Finally, Fabian Zuleeg, gave a slightly more sober overview of the political landscape, arguing Brexit would result in a lose-lose scenario for all sectors.

The event was well-attended and a great success, with an engaging discussion on the challenges of Brexit ensuing during the Q&A. Read the UniLion report below, as well as presentations from White Rose Brussels and EUA. Email secretary@unilion.eu for more details about UniLion, as well as staying informed about its upcoming launch event.

To download a copy of the Uni Lion Brexit report, click here

To download the slides from the UniLion presentation, click here

To download the slides from the EUA presentation, click here

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