Category Archives: Research

Migration in post-Brexit Scotland

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Scotland has an ageing population and a low birth rate.  With this in mind the Scottish Government looks to attract (and retain) people from the rest of the UK and abroad to come and live in Scotland to help sustain and grow the economy.

A post on the SPice blog, Spotlight, discusses a SPICe and University of Glasgow research project ‘Attracting and retaining migrants in post-Brexit Scotland: is a social integration strategy the answer?’ 

“Developing strategies for attracting and retaining migrants – along with creating an overall positive atmosphere around migration – may be of crucial importance to Scotland’s future”

The study will be based on focus group discussions on:

  • Is a strategy needed?
  • Is it practicable?
  • Would it improve the lives of those who have come to live here?
  • Would it attract other migrants to come to Scotland?
  • Where does the local population stand on this?

A report will be available at the end of June 2018.

You can read the full post on this, as well as other Brexit related topics, on the SPICe blog here.

 

 

 

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Consultation on Future European Research and Innovation Policy

The University will be hosting a Consultation on Future European Research and Innovation Policy later this month. The workshop aims to discuss recommendations for the contents and structure of the 9th European Research and Innovation Framework Programme (the successor to Horizon 2020).

In particular, this event will provide a forum to:

  • Share your vision and hear from others about what should be prioritised in the next Framework Programme
  • Learn about Scotland’s current policy priorities
  • Engage with the European Commission about the upcoming consultations
  • Learn about the benefits of the current Framework Programme directly from successful applicants

Participation in the consultation process provides the opportunity to contribute to the development of the next European Research and Innovation Programmes (FP9). This will increase the likelihood that the programme will continue to provide suitable opportunities to access European networks. To register for the event, use this link.

 

Information source: University of Aberdeen Communications

Scottish Parliament Information Centre Research Briefings

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The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) produces research briefings on a wide range of issues, including on EU and International Affairs. These are intended to aid Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) by providing relevant impartial up-to-date background material on topics relevant to their work. However, the briefing papers are useful to anyone starting to research a current issue.

SPICe also produce a blog which has a section devoted to the UK decision to leave the European Union. A  useful feature is the weekly update on current developments following on from the decision to leave.

The latest update from the 30th of November 2017 is available here.

The European Commission Library and e-Resources Centre

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The European Commission Library and e-Resources Centre has a wealth of  information on EU integration, law and policies.  Although primarily used by staff working in EU institutions, the library’s search tool Find-eR is a great way for university staff and students to identify useful sources for their research. Find-eR searches the library’s collection of books, open access papers and e-journals. Some of the online material is freely available with some more available to University of Aberdeen staff and students through our own library’s electronic subscriptions.

In addition, in some instances, it may be possible for UoA staff or students to borrow print material as an inter-library loan through the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library.

It is also possible to request access to the reading room in Brussels or Luxembourg.

Why not check it out …..

2017 MacCormick European Lecture

 

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The EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, will speak at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on the Future of EU Research and Innovation on Monday, 16 October 2017 at 6:00pm.   He will give his perspective on the future of research and innovation in Europe. Mr Moedas manages Horizon 2020 the EU Research and Innovation programme. Further information is available here.

“With the discussions on the design of the next framework programme underway, we find ourselves at a critical stage for research and innovation in Europe. Recently, European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker launched his White Paper on the future of Europe. Therein he illustrated five scenarios for the future, and in each he noted the integral role of research and innovation. However, these are not without their challenges. Notably, how to create an ecosystem in Europe that is research and innovation-friendly, and how to successfully bring our innovative ideas to market”.

Collaboration on science and innovation

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The Department for Exiting the European Union has produced a paper setting out the British Government’s ideas on the post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the EU in the scientific field entitled Collaboration on science and innovation: a future partnership paper.

University of Aberdeen staff and students can access this paper through the Public Information Online database here.   Public Information Online is a one stop shop for information from the UK and Scottish Parliaments; the Northern Ireland and Welsh Assemblies; the Scottish Government and other non-Parliamentary publications. Material is available from 2006/07 onwards.  Access for UoA users is through the Find Databases tab on Primo.  A Shibboleth/UK Federation log-in is required off campus.

This paper is also available on the DEEU website here.

Scotland Europa visit for University of Aberdeen Research Staff

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Representatives from Scotland Europa will  be visiting the University of Aberdeen on 29 May 2017 to give an update on European funding and provide some general principles for writing grant funding applications to EU bodies. The event is for researchers at the University of Aberdeen and aimed particularly at those who have previous experience of applying to EU funding bodies.

Further information about this event and how to reserve a place is available here.

Exiting the EU: challenges and opportunities for higher education

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The Education Select Committee of the House of Commons has published a report on the opportunities and challenges for higher education posed by Brexit.

Concerned that the uncertainty surrounding Brexit could cause a “damaging brain drain”

Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the Education Committee, said:

“Higher education in the UK is a world leader but Brexit risks damaging our international competitiveness and the long-term success of our universities. It’s welcome that EU students have been given some guarantees on their funding and loan access but the Government must act urgently to address the uncertainty over EU staff  and avert the risk of a damaging ‘brain drain’ of talent from our shores. As we leave the European Union we now have the opportunity to reform our immigration system to ensure we reap the full rewards of the ability of our universities to attract the brightest and best students and staff from across the world.”

The full report is available here, a short summary here and the conclusions and recommendations here.

Euratom

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“Euratom was founded to contribute to the formation and development of Europe’s nuclear industries, to guarantee high safety standards and to prevent nuclear materials intended principally for civilian use from being diverted to military use. It provides the basis for the regulation of civilian nuclear activity, implements a system of safeguards to control the use of nuclear materials, controls the supply of fissile materials within EU member states and funds research into nuclear fission and nuclear fusion.”

The Government has stated in the Explanatory Notes, prepared by the Department for Exiting the European Union, for the European Union Notification of Withdrawal Bill that leaving the EU also means leaving the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). The House of House Library has produced a briefing paper examining what Euratom does and the possible implications of leaving for the future of the nuclear industry and nuclear research in the UK. It also looks at the attempts to amend the Bill as it relates to Euratom. You can access the briefing paper here.