Report on the obstacles faced by UK-based researchers when applying for accreditation by Spain’s agency ANECA (July 2020)

Entry into the Spanish Higher Education System requires prior application to ANECA (Spain’s National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation). SRUK/CERU’s Science Policy Department has carefully followed individual cases of members who have struggled with the application process and put these obstacles forward to representatives of ANECA and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

We have put together the following report on the issue which not only describes these problems but also includes our suggestions to improve the application procedure – by making it more transparent, efficient and amenable to international applications.