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Lords EU Committee to hear evidence on post-Brexit research and education

On Thursday 12 November the House of Lords EU Services Sub-Committee will be taking evidence from a panel of witnesses as part of its ongoing inquiry into the future UK-EU relationship on research and education.

This session will be held remotely and streamed on Parliament TV.

At 10am the Committee will hear from:

  • Maddalaine Ansell, Director Education, British Council
  • Kate Ewart-Biggs, Director, Global Network, British Council
  • Professor Tim Wheeler, Director for International, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Questions the Committee is likely to ask include:

  • How significant is EU funding for the UK’s research and education sector? Does it differ between subjects and in different areas of the UK?
  • Should the UK seek third country affiliation with the EU’s Horizon Europe and Erasmus+ programmes at the end of the transition period? What would it cost and would it be worth it?
  • What should the priorities be for future domestic research funding if the UK does not affiliate with Horizon Europe?
  • The Government has said they are developing an alternative to Erasmus+.  What provisions would you like to see in place for students within an alternative, domestic scheme?
  • What impact may the future engagement with these programmes have on the mobility of researchers and students?
  • How might the lack of a positive data adequacy decision at the end of the transition period affect the UK’s research and education sector?
  • What would the impact of a ‘no agreement’ scenario be for UK universities and research bodies?

More on this inquiry

On Thursday 29 October 2020, the Committee took evidence from Professor Graeme Reid, Chair of Science and Research Policy at University College London (UCL). You can watch the session on Parliament TV or read the evidence session transcript.

This short inquiry will build on the former EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee’s February 2019 report, Brexit: the Erasmus and Horizon programmes. Further information is available on the inquiry’s website.

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