Business Brexit

Thursday 26 April 2018

Students rethink UK career plans

Stock photo: PA
Stock photo: PA
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Brexit is having an immediate impact on the career plans of some post-graduate students and academics in Ireland

Britain's planned exit from the European Union has triggered a rethink among some who have a career or doctorate degree study offer for a British university.

The Irish Federation of University Teachers' general secretary Mike Jennings said his office had received a number of calls this week from "worried" PhD students and lecturers due to make a move.

The UK has traditionally been an attractive option for post-graduate students from Ireland or those interested in pursing an academic career, because of the scale of opportunity and the prestigious reputations of some of its universities.

Mr Jennings said some of the callers to whom he spoke were at the point of giving in their notice and were now concerned about the risk of taking up a position in the UK.

Among the concerns of callers is the potential threat to research funding for British universities if they are operating outside the EU framework.

The UK benefits directly from about £1bn (about €1.2bn) annually in European research funding, about 14pc of all UK income from research grants and contracts.

Irish Independent

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