Brexit, trade, migration and higher education

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Education, Practice & Society

Abstract

Brexit is an unprecedented development with implications in almost every domain of UK higher education (HE) and a range of possible forms and consequences for individual UK HEIs, with marked potential for differential effects (e.g. in research capability, international students, staffing, mission, income) across the variation of HEI types. Though Brexit has many possible forms, in any form it is likely to disrupt existing projects, networks and activities, and could imply sharp reductions in staff, students and/or income, in some or all HEIs. It also calls for new and innovative lines of institutional and discipline-based development on and off shore.In an uncertain and fast changing setting characterised by multiple possibilities and sudden shocks, HEIs will be required to monitor, respond, adjust, strategize, reorient and initiate with unprecedented speed and effectiveness; to build new relations and activity portfolios in Europe and beyond; and to grapple with new challenges to human resource management, risk management, financial sustainability, mission, governance and local implementation systems.

This research investigates the policy implications, implementation and consequences of Brexit for UK HE, in two priority areas identified by the Economic and Social Research Council: implications of Brexit for migration, and impacts in the economy and future trade arrangements. UK higher education institutions (HEIs) are extensively engaged in Europe and in this sector EU relations have been unambiguously positive and productive. While there is a range of possible Brexit scenarios, UK HE is closely affected by the Brexit-related policy settings for staff mobility, retention and recruitment ('migration'); for international student policy and regulation, with consequences for tuition revenues and balance sheets ('trade'); and by the effects of Brexit in research relations between UK and European HEIs. Research papers co-authored with colleagues in Europe outweigh total papers co-authored with US and other English-speaking countries, more than 20 per cent of UK R&D funding is from international sources with much from collaborative European research schemes. The role of UK universities in Europe is central to their outstanding global research performance: UK accounts for 3.2 per cent of global R&D spending, 9.5 per cent of scientific papers downloaded, 11.6 per cent of citations, and 15.9 per cent of the most highly-cited papers. EU frameworks enable many UK researchers to lead, while sharing the best ideas and people from other EU member countries. The research capacity and reputation of UK HEIs also underpins the nation's role as the world's second largest exporter of international education after the US. The government has stated that it hopes to raise education exports by almost 50 per cent to £30 billion pa in 2020.

The main data collection will consist of qualitative case studies in 12 UK HEIs, with participating institutions selected from all four nations and illustrating the diversity of the sector. There will be a least 120 semi-structured interviews, with senior academic leaders of HEIs, chief financial officers, heads of human resources, executive deans in three disciplines (health, technology, social science), up to three research professors per HEI from these disciplines, and heads of student unions. The project will also conduct policy-oriented seminars which will have both data gathering and dissemination/public discussion purposes. The practical outcomes of the research are (a) through research, public events and briefings, to draw to the attention of policy makers and public the implications of different Brexit scenarios in higher education, (b) within HE, to investigate and make recommendations on the capacity of UK HEIs to respond effectively to the challenges triggered by Brexit under the different possible Brexit scenarios, in the context also of other policy developments (Office for Students, TEF).

Planned Impact

Who will benefit from this research? The research investigates the policy implications, implementation and consequences of Brexit for UK higher education institutions (HEIs). UK HEIs are extensively engaged in Europe, and this is foundational to their leading world role in research, and partly through their research reputation, international education exports. HEIs will be closely affected by Brexit-related policy settings for staff mobility, retention and recruitment; for international student policy and regulation, with effects in tuition revenues and balance sheets; and by the effects of Brexit in research relations between UK HEIs and European universities. While there are many possible forms of Brexit in HE, regardless it is likely to disrupt existing projects, networks and activities; could imply sharp reductions in staff, students and/or income, in some or all HEIs; and will trigger new networks, strategies and initiatives. Brexit also has differential implications and impacts according to the status, resources, activity profiles and European engagement of HEIs. The beneficiaries will be (a) policy makers and system regulators in relation to HE; (b) national organisations and public and semi-public agencies interested in HE policy, such as Universities UK, GuildHE, National Union of Students, the HE Academy, the Society for Research into HE, the National Centre for Universities and Business, etc.; (c) HEI leaders, research leaders and governing bodies across the HE sector, including HEIs in all four nations and private as well as public providers; (d) the media and the public.

How will they benefit from this research? The project will provide early policy-related insight into issues and problems of UK HE in the face of large-scale changes to national and educational relations with Europe. It also makes a longer contribution to knowledge in the sociology of HE, generating insight into the dynamics and management of large complex public organisations, HEIs, at a time of exceptional volatility, potential transformation and unusual scope for agency and contingency. For (a) policy makers it provides crucial intelligence in relation to the implications and consequences in HE of the various Brexit scenarios, pointing to domains where action is needed to safeguard national interests; for (b) national organisations and public agencies in the HE field it provides material for evidenced-based policy discourse across the Brexit-affected areas; for (c) HEIs and their leaders it provides not only relevant evidence-based materials but shared insights in relation to Brexit-induced functions of policy monitoring, strategy, risk management, financial management, innovation and rapid and effective policy implementation. The research aims to contribute to the portfolio of Brexit-related options available to HEIs.

What will be done to ensure that they have the opportunity to benefit from this activity? Academic outcomes will be journal papers and a monograph, but public engagement, policy advice and user impact will not be 'after the research', they will be continuous during the project and will guide its evolution and use in a fast-changing policy setting. The project will be advised by an 8-person committee of stakeholders and research users, maintain an active website and social media, and conduct two one-day national seminars focused on primary aspects of UK HE and Brexit. There will be regular 2-page Policy Briefs for policy makers and/or HEI executive leaders, providing (1) background on HE and Brexit, (2) summaries from the project research as they emerge. Late in the project there will be a stakeholders meeting to discuss dissemination. Full project papers will be circulated first in working paper format to facilitate discussion. Public communications will be managed cooperatively with the UK in a Changing Europe initiative. There is potential for joint events and jointly published research papers, and combined media work.
 
Description The planned empirical data have been collected in full. Data analysis is underway (14 March 2019). The next Research Fish collection will include consolidated findings.
Exploitation Route It is too early to say
Sectors Education,Government, Democracy and Justice

 
Description At the time of submission of this round of ResearchFish data to ESRC, the project on 'Brexit, trade, migration and higher education' had completed about half of its research case studies in 12 UK universities, including all four nations. The project is short (18 months) but very active. It has been designed to generate continuous engagement and impact during the life of the research as well as at the conclusion when the final findings papers are prepared, appropriate as issues related to Brexit are large and pressing. Continuing impact has been managed in four ways. First, through full participation in the continuing activities and publications of the UK in a Changing Europe 'family' of activity in relation to Brexit, such as the regular newsletters, occasional consultations and discussions, and events such as the UKICE display in Westminster of all Brexit-related projects at Westminster in October 2017. Second, through the project's consultative structure - particularly its Advisory Committee, which includes research users and stakeholders including Universities UK, HEFCE, Times Higher Education, the Alliance, and the Society for Research into Higher Education. the relationships with individual members of the Advisory Committee have led to specific impact-related activities, such as a major paper on the preliminary project findings at UUK's Higher Education Forum in March 2018. Third, through the public activities of the project, including ongoing media commentary on Brexit-related issues, four CGHE Policy Briefings designed to connect with policy makers and media, presentations at conferences of the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association (Glasgow, February) and Universities UK (March 2018), and discussion in CGHE public forums. Fourth, through two specific briefings on the early research findings at the Department of Education, for its officers, in early 2018.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Education,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Contributed to a short article for Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London, in a published report
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://www.jeanlambertmep.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Migration-and-Brexit-a-report-from-Jean-...
 
Description Evidence submitted to the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society - Future Partnerships project
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://wellcome.ac.uk/sites/default/files/consultation-on-future-eu-uk-relationship-on-research-and...
 
Description Higher Education Commission Inquiry into education exports
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The Higher Education Commission Inquiry into the export market was co-chaired by Professor Simon Marginson who heads the ESRC/OFSRE Centre for Global Higher Education. The work of the Higher Education Commission Inquiry was extensively publicised and attracted the attention of MPs from all major parties. It was broadly endorsed across the higher education sector. Its policy reasoning was largely consistent with that of the Government's own Migration Advisory Committee though the two sets of recommendations partly diverged. It is likely that future policies will move closer to the report of the Higher Education Commission Inquiry though this has not happened yet.
URL https://www.policyconnect.org.uk/research/staying-ahead-are-international-students-going-down-under
 
Description Higher Education Commission's inquiry into UK Education Exports, Simon Marginson (Co-Chair)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact The Higher Education Commission is based at the Palace of Westminster and includes members from both Houses of Parliament, and education leaders. It is chaired by Lord Norton of Louth. The specific Inquiry into UK Education Exports co-chaired by Lord norton and Simon Marginson. it is inquiring into three related questions: 1. What are the obstacles to growing HE exports? 2. What can be done to improve the value of exports post-Brexit? 3. How can UK advance the other benefits of international education exports? It includes consideration of the effects of Brexit in relation to international education. The Inquiry involves six evidence-giving sessions, a call for public submissions, and preparation of a report. The report will be completed in June/July 2018. To this point the Inquiry has gathered significant evidence through five of its scheduled evidence-giving sessions. This evidence is already being discussed in government circles and a meeting will rake place involving the Minister for Higher Education, Lord Norton and Simon Marginson. The next Research Fish submission will contain fuller details of impact on policy - at this stage the Inquiry is only halfway through.
URL http://www.policyconnect.org.uk/hec/news/he-commission-calls-evidence-higher-education-exports-inqui...
 
Description Meeting of Greater London Authority and London based universities (including Professor Simon Marginson) to discuss issues and problems in international education, including those arising from Brexit, with the Migration Review Committee, 26 January 2018
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Permission to uinclude publications in course curriculum - University of Law
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The University of Law in London requested to use our "Brexit and the issues facing UK higher education" for a new course they are creating. This course, the "Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education" is being offered for free for Professional development purposes to internal university staff only and a maximum of 10 people would undertake the course in this first year.
 
Description Written evidence submitted to the House of Lords, European Union Committee. Brexit: the Erasmus and Horizon programmes
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/eu-home-affairs-sub...
 
Description UCL Institute of Education Seed Funding Project: Brexit and higher education in UK and Europe: Towards a cross-country investigation
Amount £15,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Department Institute of Education (IOE)
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 07/2017
 
Description UCL Institute of Education Seed Funding: Centre for Global Higher Education Researchers' Summer School
Amount £15,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Department Institute of Education (IOE)
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 06/2017
 
Description University of Sheffield - Faculty of Social Sciences - Migration Research at Sheffield - Seminar/Workshop on Academic Mobility in the Brexit era
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Sheffield 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Description Development of partnership with Centre for Higher Education Futures, Aarhus University, Denmark 
Organisation Aarhus University
Department Danish School of Education
Country Denmark 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The meeting to establish this partnership took place at the CGHE office on 4 May 2017. Both partners, CGHE/UCL Institute of Education and Centre for Higher Education Futures, Aarhus University, Denmark have undertaken to exchange doctoral students and support academic visits for staff, to collaborate in relation to research on the effects of Brexit in European higher education, and to publish joint papers and reports. One report on Brexit, jointly written, edited and badged, has been published, and each centre hosted a Europe-wide meeting of researchers working on Brexit.
Collaborator Contribution Both partners, CGHE/UCL Institute of Education and Centre for Higher Education Futures, Aarhus University, Denmark have undertaken to exchange doctoral students and support academic visits for staff, to collaborate in relation to research on the effects of Brexit in European higher education, and to publish joint papers and reports. One report on Brexit, jointly written, edited and badged, has been published, and each centre hosted a Europe-wide meeting of researchers working on Brexit.
Impact Report 'Higher education and Brexit: current European perspectives', published February 2018. This report has been extensively publicised
Start Year 2017
 
Description Research and project collaboration with Professor Dr Marijk van der Wende, Professor of Higher Education Systems, University of Utrecht 
Organisation Utrecht University
Country Netherlands 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution (1) Fares and stay costs for Professor van der Wende to attend meetings of researchers working on a project concerning Brexit and its effects in European higher education (2) In kind resources for cooperation, primarily by the provision of research time, in meetings, paper drafting, planning and organising.
Collaborator Contribution (1) Financing of hosting of a European-wide meeting at University of Utrecht, of researchers on higher education working on Brexit-related inquiry; (2) Provision of fares and stay costs for Simon Marginson's participation in a Utrecht project on 'The New Silk Road and Higher Education'; In kind resources for cooperation, primarily by the provision of research time, in meetings, paper drafting, planning and organising
Impact This collaboration, together also with that involving the Centre for Higher Education Futures in Denmark, has underpinned a major collaborative research effort on Brexit and European higher education, leading to the publication of the book-length monograph 'Higher education and Brexit: current European perspectives' (edited by Aline Courtois).
Start Year 2017
 
Description 'Future of Global Higher Education', joint symposium between CGHE and University of New South Wales, Australia, 7 September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a day-long event which included 14 speakers from UK higher education institutions and organisations, and the University of New South Wales. The discussion focused on trends in participation, research, competition and cooperation, and also the effects of Brexit. About 60 people attended in the symposium venue and all of the papers were later distributed on Youtube. he event was live-tweeted with organic impressions of 14,142 over the course of the day (CGHE's most popular tweet from the event achieved an impression of over 6,000. The YouTube plays were as follows: Welcome: 59. Ian Jacobs: 46. Nicola Brewer: 52. David Greenaway: 32. Simon Marginson: 40. Pedro Teixeira: 19. Laurie Pearcey: 35. Philip Altbach: 29. Raj Kumar: 8. Funmi Olonisakin: 15. Joanna Newman: 35. Panel session: 29
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.researchcghe.org/events/2017-09-07-future-of-global-higher-education-symposium/
 
Description 'There's no plan B': academics race to safeguard research against Brexit, Simon Marginson in the Guardian, October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 'There's no plan B': academics race to safeguard research against Brexit, Simon Marginson in the Guardian, October 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/oct/16/academics-race-safeguard-research-against-brexit-u...
 
Description Article in the Times, 21 July 2018, reporting research by Simon Marginson on decline in UK position in education export market 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This article was one of several in the mainstream media that took up the content of a CGHE Research Findings paper by Simon Marginson on trends in the education export market, showing that in future the UK's position of number 2 in the export market would be taken over by Australia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Brexit and the Strengthening of US Partnerships, Ludovic Highman in the PIE Blog, September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Brexit and the Strengthening of US Partnerships, Ludovic Highman in the PIE Blog, September 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blog.thepienews.com/2018/09/brexit-and-the-strengthening-of-us-partnerships/
 
Description Brexit and uncertainty: UK university approaches - Session presented by Simon Marginson at the Universities UK International Forum, 14 March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The session was presented by Simon Marginson at the Universities UK International Forum, 14 March 2018. As Brexit moves closer the uncertainty continues and the stakes for the higher education sector are mounting. Research funding, EU student tuition fees, European staff, initiatives beyond Europe - Brexit places tremendous pressure on university leaders, strategy planners and chief financial officers who must call the most likely scenarios and be ready with plans B and C. And the implications vary according to university mission, degree of exposure to Europe, and location in the UK. Drawing partly on ESRC-funded research currently being carried out at the Centre for Global Higher Education, this session explored not just the consequences of Brexit but university capacity, responses and initiatives under conditions that are both fast changing and utterly unprecedented.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/events/Pages/international-higher-education-forum-2018.aspx
 
Description Brexit, tuition fees and China: my predictions for academia in 2018 - blog and article for Times Higher Education January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this article Simon Marginson made a number of predictions about what would happen in higher education in 2018, partly based on research by CGHE, including matters related to Brexit, tuition fees, graduate employment, and higher education in China. This generated discussion, correspondence, etc
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/brexit-tuition-fees-and-china-my-predictions-academia-2018
 
Description Briefing on global higher education setting for University of Nottingham Executive, 23 April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this briefing Simon ~Marginson explained the main trends affecting the worldwide higher education environment, particularly in relation to research. Feedback and thanks after the session indicated that it helped to shape the University of Nottingham's forward planning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.researchcghe.org/perch/resources/u-nottingham-ueb-23-april-2018.pdf
 
Description Conference presentation on The impact of Brexit on UK universities: challenges and opportunities by Simon Marginson, William Locke, Vassiliki Papatsiba and Ludovic Highman. Moscow, Russia, 30 August 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This was a conference paper given by Simon Marginson, William Locke, Vassiliki Papatsiba and Ludovic Highman at the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER) 31st Annual Conference,Moscow, Russia, 30 August - 1 September 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Elite 'club' predicted to dominate UK-EU research post-Brexit, Ludovic Highman in Times Higher Education October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Elite 'club' predicted to dominate UK-EU research post-Brexit, Ludovic Highman in Times Higher Education October 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/elite-club-predicted-dominate-uk-eu-research-post-brexit
 
Description Facing down maximum uncertainty: strategies for Brexit - Prepared in lead up to Universities UK International Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog on University Uk regular blog site, concerning Brexit and higher education - the current issues and problems for UK universities, and what CGHE research on Brexit was telling us
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/International/Pages/facing-down-maximum-uncertainty-strategies-for-B...
 
Description Filmed interview with 2 Belgian Journalism students from Artevelde University College in Ghent on the consequences of the Brexit on EU students in the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Filmed interview with Lander Sucaet and Ophelia Meerschaut, two Belgian students Journalism at the Artevelde University College in Ghent, who were conducting a research project on the consequences of the Brexit on EU students in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Guardian (Higher Education Network) online article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I wrote an article for the Guardian online (Higher Education Network) "Will the UK get a Brexit deal on research? That's the €160bn question". The article received 73 comments, sparking a very vivid conversation. A Danish think tank, EUROPA think tank, requested a 45-60min phone interview following the publication of the article, as part of their work drafting a commissioned report for the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science on the potential consequences of various Brexit-scenarios on Danish research and education.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/dec/05/will-the-uk-get-a-brexit-deal-on-re...
 
Description Higher education anywhere and everywhere: The world-wide trend to high participation societies and what it means - public lecture at Bath Spa University, 2 May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Lecture was about trends in worldwide higher education. It stimulated much discussion and reflection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://issuu.com/bathspauni/docs/bathspalive-ss-2017/19
 
Description Interview for newspaper article (US News and World Report) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with Christopher F. Schuetze, journalist at U.S. News & World Report, who was writing a piece on the effect Brexit is having on higher education in the UK and Europe for the US News & World Report. I was cited several times in an article entitled: "Brexit Rings a School Bell: A drop in European student applications underscores growing worries among British education officials". Further newspaper articles expected.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2017-08-28/impact-of-brexit-is-already-resonatin...
 
Description Interview for postgraduate student journalists from City University working on a short radio news story about the impact of Brexit on teachers and school funding in the U.K. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Interview-discussion (25-30 minutes) with two student journalists from City, University of London who were working on a short radio news story about the impact of Brexit on teachers and school funding in the U.K. Interview took place on 14/11/2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Interview with Anna McKie from Times Higher Education resulting in an article entitled "Elite 'club' predicted to dominate UK-EU research post-Brexit" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Interview with reporter Anna McKie from Times Higher Education resulting in an article entitled "Elite 'club' predicted to dominate UK-EU research post-Brexit", based on project findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/elite-club-predicted-dominate-uk-eu-research-post-brexit
 
Description Interview with Claudia Civinini for The Pie News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview for The Pie News, with Claudia Civinini. Insights directly quoted in a piece entitled: "UK Home Office grants visa to visiting student after media uproar", published on 24 October 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://thepienews.com/news/uk-home-office-grants-visa-to-visiting-student-after-media-uproar/
 
Description Interview with Copenhagen-based Think Tank EUROPA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Think Tank EUROPA is conducting research work to complete drafting a commissioned report for the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science on the potential consequences of various Brexit-scenarios on Danish research and education. Following my Guardian online article entitled "Will the UK get a Brexit deal on research? That's the €160bn question" (05 December 2017) the Director of the think tank (Bjarke Moller) and his team invited me to talk to them about the possible impact of Brexit on British higher education via video-conference. The discussion lasted nearly an hour and provided them with original insights into what UK universities are currently doing to remain connected to their EU peers, in particular through establishing their own small informal networks of cooperation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview with Sean Coughlan of the BBC resulting in an article entitled "University 'dual nationality' plan for Brexit" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with Sean Coughlan from the BBC on how UK universities are strategizing post-Brexit to remain connected to European partners. As a result, I was directly quoted in an article entitled: "University 'dual nationality' plan for Brexit" (published 10 October 2018, BBC).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45789503
 
Description Interview with postgraduate journalist student - City University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Rachel Connolly, journalist master student at City University, working on a project looking at the impact of Brexit on the education sector, had read one of our policy briefings and was looking for more insights into the topic, on the role of universities in trade deals and on student mobility (Erasmus Plus).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview with postgraduate journalist student - City University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Ben St Clair, financial journalist master student at City University, working on a story about UK university funding after Brexit interviewed me about my thoughts on the issue and how Brexit could affect grant funding. The story is for class and will not be published.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview with reporter Sean Coughlan from the BBC resulting in a BBC piece entitled "Should I stay or should I go now?" (21 June 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Interview with reporter Sean Coughlan from the BBC resulting in data from our project being heavily drawn upon and direct quotes. The piece is entitled "Should I stay or should I go now?" (21 June 2018, BBC).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44456240
 
Description Keynote address by Simon Marginson on Brexit to conference of German doctoral students in London, 9 November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact In this speech Simon Marginson discussed the implications of Brexit for Uk universities, research and german doctoral students in the UK. From the conference organiser, Tanja Isabell Döller, just after the session - "I would like to once more thank you very much for your fantastic keynote and engagement in the discussion with our scholarship holders. The attending students gave amazing feedback on your presentation".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.researchcghe.org/perch/resources/german-doctoral-students-short-london-9-nov-2018.pdf
 
Description Keynote speech to Consortium of Higher Education Researchers in Europe, Simon Marginson, Moscow, 30 August 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this keynote speech Simon Marginson provided an overview of the situation facing universities across the world, including problems generated by Brexit, the Trump administration aud its attack on climate science, interruptions to student and academic mobility. The speech was well received and discussed, and being later published in amended from as a CGHE Working Paper, achieved a wider reach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting and discussion with Klaudia Chmielowska, undergraduate student at Oxford University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Klaudia Chmielowska, undergraduate student at Oxford University, requested an interview with me after having read the policy briefings published within the framework of our project. The student was conducting a summer research project in collaboration with Industry Forum on the feasibility of increasing the economic contribution of the UK higher education sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with policy officers at Universities UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invitation to discuss findings from the "Brexit, trade, migration, and higher education" project at Universities UK on 13 June 2018. Samuel Roseveare, Policy Manager, and Peter Mason from UUKi Policy Manager, Europe (Research and Innovation) wanted to ask further questions related to our policy briefings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Panel on International Higher Education at StudyWorld, organised by EnglishUK, 5 September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On the invitation of EnglishUK, Vassiliki Papatsiba participated in a panel of experts (together with Gavin Esler -currently Chancellor of University of Kent-, Vivianne Stern, Universities UK and Anna Searle (British Council) who discussed the value of Openness in Higher Education in the pre and post-Brexit context.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.studyworldfair.com/gallery/studyworld-london-2017/
 
Description Planning for Brexit: Access to skills, Brexit report in Business Voice, CBI March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Planning for Brexit: Access to skills, Brexit report in Business Voice, CBI March 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cbi.org.uk/businessvoice/latest/planning-for-brexit-access-to-skills/
 
Description Presentation and discussion at the conference of the Higher Education Strategic Planners' Association (HESPA), Strathclyde, 9 February 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On the invitation of the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association, Simon Marginson presented the current ESRC-supported research project on'Brexit, trade, migration and higher education' to officers of higher education institutions working in planning and strategy, and data management and processing. This included early findings from the first three of the 12 studies. There was considerable discussion, over 40 minutes, after the presentation. The event had a training function but also feeds into changing institutional understanding of the difficult Brexit-related environment, with the possibility of more focused strategy and actions developing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.hespa.ac.uk/training-events/annual-conference/
 
Description Presentation at Public Policy Exchange Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Speaker at the "Considering the Future of Higher Education in post-Brexit Britain: Assessing Challenges and Opportunities" national symposium organized by Public Policy Exchange. My 20 min presentation on "Courting a new relationship in research, science and innovation with the EU" sparked a good conversation, and my slides and further documents were requested by some of the attendees. The event took place on Wednesday 8th November 2017 (10:15am - 4:30pm) at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/HK08-PPE1
 
Description Presentation entitled "Repositioning strategic UK university partnerships and alliances Post-Brexit" at a national conference at the Royal Society of Chemistry, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave a presentation entitled "Repositioning strategic UK university partnerships and alliances Post-Brexit" at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London. This was co-organized by Cambridge Assessment and UK NARIC, in an event entitled "Leading the way in International Admissions and Recruitment".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/events/international-admissions-event/
 
Description Presentation of CGHE's work at the University of Bristol, February 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this presentation Simon Marginson explained the work of the Centre for Global Higher Education and the CGHE's Brexit project, to academic staff and postgraduate students, in order to expand the impacts of the Centre's research work. There was an excellent discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.bris.ac.uk/education/events/2018/bcined21feb.html
 
Description Presentation of research project at ESRC Brexit research for policy event (Westminster) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Poster presentation on "Brexit, trade, migration, and higher education" explaining the objectives, research questions, research design. The event organized took place at Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster. It was attended by Members of Parliament and their research assistants, as well as other academics. By explaining the main objectives of the project to MPs and other policy-makers, we were able to highlight the key issues that Brexit will present for UK universities. Professor Simon Marginson then presented the research project in a breakout seminar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.parliament.uk/documents/post/Brexit%20Research%20Flyer.pdf
 
Description Presentation on the work of CGHE to officers of the Department of Education, London, 17 January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this presentation on 17 January 2018 Simon Marginson provided a project by project outline to officers of the Department of Education at Westminster of the 16 CGHE research projects, including the project on Brexit and higher education. This led to a number of follow-up meetings in January-March 2018 in which smaller groups of Department officers met with the researchers working on specific projects (including meetings led by Claire Callender and William Locke)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to Department of Education of early findings of ESRC project on Brexit and higher education, 13 February 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On the invitation of the Department of Education at Westminster, Simon Marginson presented the current ESRC-supported research project on'Brexit, trade, migration and higher education' to a group of officials working in policy and programme administration in relation to higher education, and international education. This included early findings from the first three of the 12 studies. It was agreed to continue briefing the Department as more data came to hand. A subsequent message from the Department indicated that this had been a very successful activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Published opinion piece for University World News (25/08/2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Published policy opinion of 1,066 words entitled: "Put UK universities at the centre of free trade deals", published by University World News. It received 73 likes and was shared 10 times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20170823141620220
 
Description Report on the HE conference on Brexit, Ludovic Highman in University Business, November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Report on the HE conference on Brexit, Ludovic Highman in University Business, November 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://universitybusiness.co.uk/Article/report-on-the-he-conference-on-brexit/
 
Description Senior UK academics call for people's vote to save universities, Simon Marginson in the Guardian, November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Senior UK academics call for people's vote to save universities, Simon Marginson in the Guardian, November 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/nov/27/academics-call-peoples-vote-save-universities-brex...
 
Description Simon Marginson keynote contribution to public conference organised by Higher Education Funding Council of Wales, Cardiff, 7 March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Simon Marginson's presentation provided a briefing on trends in the national and international higher education setting, including the likely effects of Brexit
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Speech on Liberal Arts Education in the Age of STEM - Lingnan University conference, Hong Kong November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this keynote speech to the first Asia-wide conference of liberal arts universities and academic leaders, Simon Marginson spoke of worldwide trends in higher education, including Brexit and its effects in higher education and research, and the challenges facing liberal arts and science programmes within the sector and in relation to policy and the public. There was significant follow-up discussion, including invitations to take part in further conferences, blogs, etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ln.edu.hk/asian-liberal-arts-conference/
 
Description Speech on global higher education setting to Faculty of Education, East China Normal University, China, 10 November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this speech Simon Marginson provided an overview on trends in globalisation, and the implications for higher education and science, including the effects of Brexit, East/West divergence, and the rise of China. There was a lively discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.researchcghe.org/about/researchers/simon-marginson/
 
Description Symposium Brexit means Brexit hosted by the Academy of Science and Literature in Mainz - Germany, 7 December 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact On the invitation of the Academy of Science and Literature in Mainz Germany, 7 December 2017, Vassiliki Papatsiba presented and discussed the 'Quiet Europeanisation of UK Higher Education and Brexit' at the Symposium 'Brexit means Brexit'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.adwmainz.de/fileadmin/adwmainz/veran17/Flyer_Brexit-Symposium_aktuell.pdf
 
Description Talk at the EdD Doctor of Education Residential School 17 February 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Vassiliki Papatsiba presented the current ESRC-supported research project on 'Brexit, trade, migration and higher education' to postgraduate students on the Educational Doctorate programme of the School of Education at Sheffield. This included early findings from the first three of the 12 studies. There was vivid discussion, over 20 minutes, after the presentation which fed into changing understanding of the difficult Brexit-related Higher Education environment. Many students expressed their intention to liaise with their MPs about the value of a second referendum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The UK in a Changing Europe Brexit project teams meeting with Director General of DEXEU and other senior civil servants 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A meeting between the 25 ESRC-funded Brexit Priority Grant Holders under the aegis of the UK in a Changing Europe programme with the Director General of the Government Department for Exiting the European Union (DEXEU) and other senior civil servants to: share information about the planned research, the state of Brexit negotiations and what research might be helpful to DEXEU officials and Ministers in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description UK in a Changing Europe (UKICE)-Scottish Government Workshop invitation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The UK in a Changing Europe-Scottish Government workshop was focused on "The implications of Brexit for devolved policy and governance". This event was hosted by the University of Edinburgh, at the Centre on Constitutional Change. As part of the Group 3 (Health & Higher Education) workshop, I focused on answering the following question: What are the policy implications and consequences of Brexit to the HEI sector, and how does Scotland differ from the rest of the UK? Participants included the Head of Higher Education And Science of the Scottish government (Roddy Macdonald).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description UK must welcome international students, Simon Marginson in the Guardian, September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UK must welcome international students, Simon Marginson - a letter in the Guardian, September 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/sep/12/uk-must-welcome-international-students
 
Description UK promises to plug post-Brexit research gap, Ludovic Highman, PIE News, July 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UK promises to plug post-Brexit research gap, Ludovic Highman, PIE News, July 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://thepienews.com/news/uk-promises-to-plug-post-brexit-research-gap/
 
Description University 'dual nationality' plan for Brexit, Ludovic Highman on the BBC, October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact University 'dual nationality' plan for Brexit, Ludovic Highman on the BBC, October 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45789503
 
Description Vice-chancellors urge action to stop predicted 60% fall in EU students, Simon Marginson in the Guardian, April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Vice-chancellors urge action to stop predicted 60% fall in EU students, Simon Marginson in the Guardian, April 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/apr/24/vice-chancellors-urge-action-eu-students-internati...
 
Description Workshop event on Brexit and higher education to Universities' UK International Higher Education Forum, by Simon Marginson, Nottingham, 14 March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this workshop Simon Marginson presented early findings from CGHE's ESRC-supported research on Brexit and higher education. The discussion was lively and the UUK's feedback from the session indicated that it was very successful. UUK requested a repeat session at the equivalent conference in March 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/events/Pages/international-higher-education-forum-2018.aspx