London-Paris: Building a post-Brexit future in HE?

Tuesday 23 May 2017 -
14:15 to 15:30

Paris and London are two historic university cities intertwined in a close social, economic and education relationship.

The imminent Brexit casts doubt over many dimensions of the relationships: mobility of staff and students, research cooperation and jointly awarded programmes could be affected and it is currently unknown what level of risk to the overall quantity and quality of interaction the changes will pose. 

What are the French and British perspectives on this threat and in the light of this uncertainty, how can we envision our collective future in higher education? What are the aspects of the current cooperation we want to hang onto at all costs and what could be let go?

These questions will be posed to a group of experts from prominent Parisian and London Universities and they will be asked to explore the possible futures. Each panellist will be asked to champion her or his project to build a cooperative and collegial future benefiting from the strengths of the two systems. The audience will be asked to contribute their judgements of the issues, priorities and possible futures alongside the panel. The panel aims to present and critique some options for a new way forward beyond 2019.


  • Tim Gore OBE, CEO, University of London Institute in Paris, France (Chair)
  • Dame Nicola Brewer, Vice Provost (international), University College London, UK
  • Christopher Cripps, Director of International and European Affairs, Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University Paris (PSL), France
  • Nicola Ebenburger, Head of Strategy and Institutional Relations, Paris Seine University, France
  • Aurélien Krejbich, Director of the Centre for Europe, SciencesPo, France
  • Professor Funmi Olonisakin, Vice Principal, King's College London, UK