A Brexit that works for all
Over 30% of SRUK members decided to change their future plans following the referendum result
43% of SRUK members would leave the UK if no certainty and security is urgently offered to EU nationals already in the UK
Over 70% of SRUK members either do not qualify to request the Permanent Residence card, or are not aware of the process to request it
If they were to leave, over 30% would move back to Spain, 60% would move to another EU Member State and 10% would go outside Europe
These results reflect the uncertainty that our members are facing post-referendum. Many of us came to the UK attracted by its world-leading, collaborative and supportive R&I sector. Research and innovation, as well as a scientist ́s potential, thrive on clear long-term professional and personal frameworks. Times Higher Education World University Rankings places the UK as the best nation for internationalization (6), reflecting the high proportion of foreign staff, students and ongoing international collaborations. This long-standing international collaboration tradition has a positive impact on the British economy, as well as on the exchange of revolutionary ideas which come with highly skilled individuals – something that Spanish researchers and many other European scientists have been part of.
Promoting collaboration on R&I between Spain and the UK is one of SRUK foundational aims. Throughout Brexit negotiations we will continue strengthening the collaborations between both countries. We therefore would like to encourage the UK government to adopt specific measures to maintain the already prosperous British R&I sector.
These measures would secure a Brexit that works for all:
Swiftly safeguarding and reassuring the rights and status of European scientists working in the UK
Working together with universities, research centres, charities and societies, including SRUK, to develop initiatives to secure the British R&I sector
Developing dedicated programs to facilitate the mobility of researchers
Developing agreements to secure the same level of access to European R&I funding and seekto increase the fraction of national GDP devoted to R&I to 3% in line with leading World economies
1) Royal Society – The role of the EU in international research collaboration and researcher mobility (accessed on 07.02.2017).
2) Russell Group – Statement on the EU Referendum Result, 24 June 2016 (accessed on 07.02.2017).
3) Migration Watch UK – The British in Europe – and Vice Versa (accessed on 07.02.2017).
4) High Education Statistics Agency (HESA) – Staff in Higher Education 2014/2015
5) Department of Work and Pensions, Freedom of Information request 455 – An estimation of the number of Spanish people working in scientific-related jobs in the UK.
6) Times Higher Education – The world’s most international universities 2016 (accessed on 07.02.2017)
Brexit and you
- How has Brexit affected (or is likely to affect) you or your research?
- Have you benefited in any way of EU funding or regulations?
- Was the UK’s membership of the EU an essential reason for you to come to UK?
We are collecting information to produce a report of case-studies on how the EU structure benefits the UK scientific endeavour and the researchers working in the UK. This information is crucial for us to be able to understand the impact of Brexit in SRUK members so please take a minute to fill in the form.
This questionnaire will remain open indefinitely in order to record information at any time. However, please complete this questionnaire as early as possible.