Brexit update outlines Oxford’s research strategy

The University clarified it will keep its “desired outcomes from the Brexit negotiations unchanged.”

Photo: Protesters at an anti-Brexit rally in March 2017

Oxford has promised to “keep staff and students informed” of development in negotiations that might affect them, after releasing its latest Brexit update.

The University announced its ‘Brexit strategy for research’ last week, and outlined its intention to mitigate any risks.

The strategy has four key aims, which anticipate four main areas of work. These aims are: mitigating risks to research activities; targeting alternative non-UK sources of funding for research; strengthening EU collaboration; and pursuing engagement with the UK government and its agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for research at Oxford.

In addition to these aims, the University also repeated its intentions to “recruit and retain the best staff regardless of nationality”, and “recruit the best students regardless of nationality.”

The statement emphasised that “the University’s desired outcomes from the Brexit negotiations remain unchanged.”

Several EU students have had their say on the University’s latest update.

George Maier, a first-year biomedical scientist from Romania, told Cherwell: “I’m not well informed about the how would Brexit affect me, but I don’t think it will affect my future academic pathway in research.”

Lukasz Gwozdz, a first-year law student from Poland, said: “It’s not going to directly affect my studies, including financially, but I’m definitely more willing to look for job or further education opportunities outside the UK after I graduate.”

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