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Post-Brexit restrictions to research collaborations in Europe will harm scientific progress, a group of leading UK universities has warned.

Axar.az reports citing Independent.

Science and research must be a priority during discussions between UK and EU leaders,

The Russell Group of research intensive universities said there would be “no winners” from a Brexit settlement that introduced new barriers for international researchers.

Post-Brexit restrictions to research collaborations in Europe will harm scientific progress, a group of leading UK universities has warned.

Science and research must be a priority during discussions between UK and EU leaders.

The Russell Group of research intensive universities said there would be “no winners” from a Brexit settlement that introduced new barriers for international researchers.

A cross-party inquiry into the impact of Brexit on higher education last year found academics were already pulling out of research bids for fear of losing their jobs or funding post-Brexit.

Universities are already missing out on vital research as a consequence, leading advisors said.

Applications for study from EU candidates have also fallen by a dramatic seven per cent in the past year – the first decrease in almost a decade.

Industry leaders said the figures were “alarming” and suggested the UK was becoming an “increasingly less attractive option” for foreign candidates.

In his statement on Monday, Dr Bradshaw said: “Working together, Russell Group universities and European partners have made huge breakthroughs in medicine, engineering and any number of other fields.

“Joint working will continue after Brexit but there would be no winners from restrictive new barriers to collaboration. That would be bad for the UK and bad for Europe.

“A good outcome for science will not happen by accident,” he continued.

“Securing a strong deal for the UK and the EU will take hard work and we will engage constructively with all sides to ensure we get an agreement that delivers on research.”

UK universities are among the biggest beneficiaries of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research fund.

Non-EU countries are able draw on the fund if they contribute towards it.

A major condition of countries being able to participate is allowing freedom of movement for researchers, however – the future of which remains unclear for UK academics post-Brexit.

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2017.05.22 / 20:14
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