Dear BSG Members
In these days following the UK decision to leave the European Union,
no doubt we may all have wondered what will be the implications for the
development of social science research on ageing. I realize that some
members, currently undertaking EU-funded research, will be worried over
how this will effect their on-going work. Alongside these uncertainties,
all researchers will be concerned over access to future research
funding and to ways of maintaining international collaboration within
These issues have been given a great deal of thought by the Academy
of Social Sciences (AcSS) and its Campaign for Social Science.
Alessandro Lanuto, Communications Manager, AcSS has sent the following
briefing note summarising the vote’s implications for UK social science
and a longer more detailed note is attached. Do read this summary and
the longer piece as they set out the issues that will need to be
“The Academy and its Campaign believe the Government will need to
consider the implications for UK research in its post-referendum
negotiations if UK research excellence is to be protected.
Specifically, the UK Government will need to:
Consider the nature and structure of access to European research funding,
which will be affected by decisions on whether or not we become an EFTA
EEA country, and how we approach freedom of movement. Our longer note
discusses differences between some possible models, including the Swiss
and Norwegian, for research funding and collaboration. Consideration
should be given to the implications of any model for participation,
funding, and leadership within the European Research Area and its
framework programmes, including Horizon 2020.
Consider making good any shortfall in funding (the UK is a net
beneficiary) in order to preserve UK social science excellence if the
negotiated terms do not allow UK researchers access to EU funding as an
Mitigate the impact on the freedom of movement of
international social science research talent into UK, to ensure that
future immigration policies do not pose unreasonable barriers to entry
to UK academic posts and to specialist social science research posts
outside academe. The Government will also need to consider whether EU
students will continue to have access to UK HEIs on the same terms.
The UK social science community will itself need to:
Mend fences following the heated debate of recent months, and consider how to continue and develop fruitful research collaborations with European peers.
Consider how to foster freedom of movement in an increasingly
international research community, including programmes that allow
members of the international research and student communities,
particularly those hailing from the EU, to study and work in the UK”
If we receive any further discussion, we will forward to the membership.