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Brexit Explained: The Post-2020 Future for Research & Innovation in Scotland

Scottish universities produce world-leading research and innovation, from life sciences and medicine to the arts and humanities. At this event we examine how to overcome challenges around funding, talent acquisition, and industry engagement in a changing world, particularly in the context of Britain's exit from the EU. 

Funding, Collaborations, & Talent Acquisition

The higher education sector is one of Scotland’s greatest assets. Five of Scotland’s universities were among the Top 200 universities in The Times Higher Education world rankings in 2016/17, with 77% of research coming out of Scottish universities deemed to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’. Scotland boasts the second highest number of world-class universities per capita anywhere in the world.

There are challenges for maintaining the reputation of Scotland’s world-leading higher education sector, however . One challenge is the potential hole in university budgets caused by non-participation in Horizon Europe, the successor programme to Horizon 2020. Britain's exit from the EU could also have a knock-on effect on the ability of Scottish universities to attract researchers and academics from across the continent, or to embark on cross-border bilateral collaborations with European colleagues.

Join us as we examine the measures being taken to support universities in the face of the challenges posed by Britain's future relationship with the EU. We will explore potential solutions to safeguard the international status of Scotland’s higher education sector and reputation for excellence in research and innovation. 

Key Issues We'll Address With You

  • The latest update on Brexit following 31st October 
  • The funding gap with the cessation of Horizon 2020 and no plans to join the successor programme, Horizon Europe
  • Implications of the end of Erasmus+ for Scottish universities and their ability to continue to attract the best and brightest students from across the EEA
  • The rights, or not, of Scottish students to continue to participate in Erasmus 
  • Potential reputational impact on Scottish universities 
  • The challenge of attracting talent to Scottish universities (both students and staff) 
  • Mitigating risks by strengthening and deepening bilateral research and business links between Scottish universities, businesses, and their European counterparts
  • Next steps for universities post-Brexit 

Confirmed speakers

  • Liz Smith MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills
  • Professor Margaret Arnott, Professor of Public Policy, University of the West of Scotland 
  • Iain Phillips, Chief Executive, Oil & Gas Innovation Centre
  • Sarah Kirkpatrick, Assistant Director – EU Exit, Scottish Funding Council 
  • Professor Graeme Reid, UCL and co-author (with Sir Adrian Smith) of a forthcoming report to the UK Science Minister on future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation
  • Dr Allison Jackson, Head of Research Operations, Research and Innovation Services, University of Glasgow
  • Chair: Professor Alan Alexander OBE, former General Secretary of The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Who should attend?

This event will be of interest to everyone involved in higher education in Scotland, including:

  • University staff
  • Funding bodies
  • Partner companies involved in research and innovation
  • Everyone else interested in research and innovation in Scotland 

Agenda*

9.45 Registration and morning refreshments 

10:25 Welcome and introduction from the Chair 

Professor Alan Alexander OBE, former General Secretary of The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Session 1: Where are we now? 

  • State of the sector and policy priorities in a changing landscape
  • Opportunities to retain and attract talent 
  • Mitigating the potential reputational impact on Scottish higher education  

10:30 Opening Address 

Liz Smith MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

10:45 Questions and Discussion with Liz Smith MSP

11:00 Professor Margaret Arnott, Professor of Public Policy, University of the West of Scotland 

11:20 Questions and Discussion

11:40 Refreshments and networking 

Session 2: Prioritising Innovation – Strengthening Ties Between Higher Education and Business, Supporting International Collaborations, and Maximising Current Funding Streams

  • Mitigating risks by strengthening and deepening bilateral research and business links between Scottish universities, businesses, and their European counterparts
  • Identifying sectors for potential growth
  • Addressing the funding gap with the cessation of Horizon 2020 and no plans to join the successor programme, Horizon Europe

12:00 Iain Phillips, Chief Executive, Oil & Gas Innovation Centre

12:20 Sarah Kirkpatrick, Assistant Director – EU Exit, Scottish Funding Council 

12:40 Questions and Discussion

12:50 Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Delegates will be divided into small groups to discuss what can be learned from the previous presentations. The speakers will help facilitate these discussions and will be ready to answer your questions. 

13:20 Lunch and networking 

Session 3: Universities Post-Brexit – What The Future Holds

  • Public finances moving forward and the impact on university core funding 
  • Making the case for research and innovation to drive the Scottish economy 
  • Future challenges and the next steps for universities

14:00 Brexit: evidence and emotions

Professor Graeme Reid, UCL and co-author (with Sir Adrian Smith) of a forthcoming report to the UK Science Minister on future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation

14:30 Dr Allison Jackson, Head of Research Operations, Research and Innovation Services, University of Glasgow

14:50 Questions and Discussion

15:00 Closing remarks from the Chair 

15:10 Close of Event 

*The agenda is subject to change 

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Date
07 Nov 2019
Venue
Radisson Blu, 80 High St, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TH
Cost
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