chapter  9
15 Pages

Brexit and Higher Education and Research

ByAnne Corbett, Claire Gordon

The European higher education and research world has come a long way since the 1960s and 1970s. These were years that saw the first steps to construct European higher education cooperation. This chapter looks at two issues: the reactions in the university sector across the European Union (EU) to Brexit and the United Kingdom's (UK's) attempted global turn to overcome some of the vote's domestic consequences. It explores how the UK's relationship to the European higher education and research space has fostered the development of international relationships. The chapter then turns to explore existing and recently established initiatives, which have linked UK universities, researchers and students to international networks and higher education settings. It concludes that, whatever happens, there is a historical legacy to the UK's membership of the EU that spills over into higher education and research.