Euraxess UK is a British Council hub, which aids researchers in their career development, supporting mobility and acting as a support mechanism for researchers moving abroad or moving to the UK.
Collaborating internationally or spending time on a research visit abroad can be very beneficial to a researcher's career and can give researchers access to expertise, facilities, and research environments that significantly broaden their experience and networks. Euraxess UK provides support, with the funding database providing a good source of funding opportunities, and the Euraxess newsletter keeping readers up-to-date on relevant opportunities and events.
**Response to the EU Referendum**
Following the outcome of the UK referendum on EU membership, Euraxess UK would like to offer some more information on the impact for researchers.
Science is now, and always has been, international. Ideas know no borders, and researchers work together across disciplines, countries and cultures to push the boundaries of knowledge and address the many challenges that face society today, whether these are Climate Change, infectious diseases, or how to address inequalities – within and between societies. It is important to note that the UK University and research sector is more committed than ever to international collaboration and promoting an open, outward-looking and tolerant environment with strong relationships with our European partners.
The UK Government has released a statement regarding the implications of the referendum on Higher Education and Research. The key points are as follows:
Jo Johnson, the Minister of State for Universities and Science has emphasized how important European researchers and students are to the UK: ‘the EU and international students make an important contribution to our world-class universities, and our European neighbours are among some of our closest research partners.’
The UK Government’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills have also offered a number of reassurances around the likely impact of the referendum on Higher Education and Research:
- There will be no immediate change in status of students or staff in the UK, or to current visa policies.
- EU students who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so for courses they are currently enrolled on or about to start this coming year. The Master’s Loans are also still available to eligible EU students. EU students will continue to receive funding for the duration of their courses.
- The referendum result does not affect UK students studying in the EU, current beneficiaries of Erasmus+ or those considering applying in 2017.
- UK participants can continue to apply to the Horizon 2020 programme in the usual way.
There will be further clarity after discussions with European partners, but there is a reassurance that the Higher Education and Science sectors will be fully represented, with a clear commitment that the sector grows from strength to strength. The text of the full statement is available here.
There also remains a determination from the Government that the UK will continue to play a leading role in European and International research, and for this to work we will need to ensure that European researchers and students still feel both welcomed and a valued part of the communities across the United Kingdom.
We will continue to monitor developments and endeavour to communicate any changes that may impact on the mobility of researchers and research opportunities. Given the current circumstances, it is imperative that networks like Euraxess UK, continue to provide advice and support to researchers to guarantee the ongoing collaboration in international research.
If you have any questions, or would like to report incidences where the referendum result has had a negative impact on your research career, please contact EuraxessUK@britishcouncil.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
**Other responses to the EU Referendum**
RCUK statement on international collaboration after the EU Referendum result: RCUK
Universities UK have compiled a FAQ section on their website
Are you a UK Researcher wishing to work abroad? The EURAXESS Services Network can assist with organizing your stay in another country and aid you in your career development. Search EURAXESS Jobs for current vacancies in Europe and use our funding database for opportunities worldwide.International Researcher
Are you an international researcher wishing to work in the UK? Euraxess UK is a wealth of information on moving to the UK, answering all your questions and pointing you in the right direction for further information. The Euraxess funding database, is a great resource for finding research funding opportunities from all over the world and the UK research jobs page is the page to go for vacancies.UK Researcher Institution
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