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UCL Global: Brexit Special Edition

Welcome from our Vice-Provost (International)

Dame Nicola BrewerThis edition of the new-look UCL Global Update has a special focus on our work in and with Europe.
While the implications of Brexit for higher education are still being worked out, I wanted to repeat the message of reassurance about intensifying our global engagement that I sent on 24 June: we are working harder than ever to support our staff and students to engage with partners in Europe and across the world to have global impact.
UCL has always been an open and inclusive institution that breaks down barriers. Staying true to our values, we are committed to opening up even more opportunities for international collaboration, making a difference to people and communities around the world. You’ll read about some of the latest opportunities in this newsletter – both in Europe and further afield.
Since 24 June the Global Engagement Office (GEO) team and UCL’s network of Regional and International Pro-Vice-Provosts and Vice-Deans have pulled together to provide support and guidance for colleagues and students at a time of uncertainty for many.
The emerging ideas for new initiatives have been as diverse as the partners with whom we work: from events exploring the impact of Brexit and exchanging views with colleagues through our Regional Networks, to a solidarity event against racism and inequality entitled 'UCL: London's Globally United University.' I’m proud to see the spirit of collaboration and inclusion that continues in our day-to-day activities.
Through reaching out to others and remaining connected we can nurture the global outlook that’s at the heart of UCL’s approach to partnership.

Dame Nicola Brewer

UCL Brexit Roundup

Brexit guidance and information
Visit this page for a compilation of the latest advice, statements and information around Brexit from the UCL community. You can also visit UCL's Constitution Unit, the European Institute 'Britain and Europe' Blog and UCL Public Policy websites for further information.
What will Brexit mean for UCL?
A panel of UCL’s senior leaders and an immigration lawyer joined Provost Michael Arthur to take questions on what Brexit may mean for staff, students and research. Watch the video from the event here.
Brexit: Legal & Constitutional Requirements
Professor George Letsas, Vice-Dean (International) Laws, hosted a public event on the constitutional implications of Brexit under the banner of intensifying UCL's global engagement. See the video and Storify here.
UCL academics on Brexit: in the media
A number of UCL experts have been sharing their views around Brexit with national and international publications. Read the latest opinion pieces.
LERU statement on international collaborations
The League of European Research Universities (LERU), of which UCL is a member, has published a statement urging universities across Europe to continue collaborating with UK partners.
Promoting UCL with European partners
To help staff engage with partners in Europe and beyond, GEO has updated its global slide deck for academics: view the pdf or download the slide deck.
mage: © European Union 2013 – European Parliament

Ask GEO: Conor Rickford

Conor is the GEO's Partnerships Manager for Europe. We asked him to share key insights around Brexit.

Q: How many European partnerships does UCL have? How is UCL taking forward its collaborations with European partners at the moment?
A: UCL has an exceptionally large number of partnerships across Europe. In terms of Erasmus+ alone, we have more than 450 agreements with over 250 institutions. If we also consider the, less formal, academic-to-academic, researcher-to-researcher partnerships, there are simply too many to count.

Following Dame Nicola’s unequivocal statement, we are taking things forward with a renewed vigour. In practical terms, this means being more active in researching opportunities and fostering warm relations with potential partners; making sure that the wider world knows that UCL remains open and receptive to creative ideas from top partners, new and old.

Read the full Q&A with Conor on Brexit here.

Intensifying our global engagement

The Referendum results have not stopped UCL from developing its work with partners around the world. Here are a few highlights of recent activity:
UCL's Engineering Department is partnering with institutions in France, Germany and Italy to create a 'European Campus without borders' for their students and faculties.
Supporting our LGBT community
Stonewall recently produced a set of Global Workplace Briefings open to UCL staff and students to access the latest information on LGBT rights across the world.
UCL hosts CII roundtable
UCL hosted a delegation from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Universities UK for a roundtable on higher education collaborations between the two countries.
Africa Health Research Institute
A new interdisciplinary research institute has launched in South Africa to fight tuberculosis, HIV and related diseases, with UCL as a key academic partner.
Data sharing through LEARN
The UCL-led project LEARN is working with partners in Europe and South America to raise awareness of research data management and promote Open Science.
UCL Press: European engagement
UCL Press has reached thousands of readers globally, including from 39 countries in Europe. Read about upcoming journal 'Europe and the World: A Law Review'.

Global engagement at home

Being part of London's Global University, UCL staff and students retain their global outlook when on our Bloomsbury campus.

For example, this year over 900 students took part in the interdisciplinary Global Citizenship Programme (GCP), and UCL is hosting its first International Summer School for Undergraduates - watch the video about it below.
UCL International Summer School for Undergraduates

International Student Recruitment

Student recruitment post-Brexit
UCL currently has 4,513 EU students and is the top recruiter in the country. Find out how we will continue encouraging international students to study with us
Country profile: Italy
Italy is the ninth largest provider of international students to the UK and third largest from the EU countries after Germany and France. Find out about UCL recruitment activity here.

Regional Networks and events

UCL academics can keep up-to-date with activity across different areas by signing up to one or more of the Regional Networks, for North America, Europe, South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia and Latin America. They meet once a term.

Funding opportunities

Newton Fund prize for science and innovation
An annual £1 million Newton Prize is to recognise the Newton Fund’s best science or innovation that promote the economic development and social welfare of partner countries.
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