Members of the Guild of European Research Intensive Universities, created in June 2016, has called for enhanced European university collaboration following the recent UK referendum result on European Union (EU) membership.
In its statement, the Guild (which includes the University of Glasgow and the University of Warwick) calls for the following:
- greater assurances to guarantee the security of funding for all UK scientists participating in Horizon 2020, even after BREXIT;
- guarantee of Erasmus or Erasmus-like funding for UK students beginning their degree programmes whilst the UK is still a member of the EU;
- guarantee of home fee levels for all EU students beginning their study whilst the UK is still a member of the EU.
Moreover, the network calls on the national governments of the EU member states to recognise 'the importance of Higher Education and to prioritise the free flow of students, academic staff and scholarly interaction as a key objective of BREXIT negotiations', and encourages European universities to 'underline their important role through concrete actions'.