The RSE has responded to the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee Inquiry on Brexit: EU Student Exchanges and Funding for University Research. The response emphasises the importance of joint working between the UK and Scottish Governments, together with their EU counterparts, to ensure that students and staff in Scotland and across the UK continue to be able to participate fully in Erasmus+ following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
Recognising that the EU Framework Programmes for research and innovation, including Horizon 2020, have been crucial to strengthening the UK’s research base, the response makes clear the importance of the UK securing direct and full participation in Horizon 2020 and its successor, Horizon Europe. The RSE is of the view that in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the UK Government must provide additional, ring-fenced funding to UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) for the purposes of underwriting continued UK participation in Horizon 2020.
Professor David Cole-Hamilton