Researchers at SOAS, University of London have recently been awarded three prestigious European Grants.
On the 16th and 17th of October 2018, London Higher Europe led a delegation of Research Directors from among its membership to Brussels for events, meetings and networking sessions with research institutes, universities and policy makers within the EU innovation ecosystem.
This week the UK Government deepened its commitment to organisations who take part in EU programmes by underwriting all EU funding awarded during this budget period, which runs to 2020, for the duration of the projects. This would also include underwriting for projects submitted during this budgeting period but awarded after 2020.
At a speech and the UK Permanant Representation to the EU in Brussels, co-hosted by the Wellcome Trust, Sam Gyimah spoke of the Government's committment to ensuring UK Scientific Research remains world-leading.
On the 22nd March 2018, London Higher Europe attended the first event of the UniLion Brexit Working Group, entitled ‘Brexit: Towards a Changing Relationship between European and British Universities?’ The event was centred on a report, drafted by members of the network with evidence drawn from a pan-European survey and launched on the day.
The European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA) has published a joint letter with twelve other European Associations of Universities calling for an increase in the budget for research, innovation educational programmes. London Higher Europe wholly supports this call, and several of our members are also part of the undersigned organisations.
On the 14-15th march 2018, London Higher Europe (LHE) led a delegation of Research Managers from 7 London Universities to Brussels as part of our annual Steering Group Meeting. The Steering Group met to discuss the previous years’ progress on the LHE project and plan activities and focus areas for the year ahead. We took full advantage of our time in Brussels and the group also met with the European Commission, several university representatives and the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union.
On Thursday the 22nd February 2018, London Higher Europe organised a half-day workshop led by Lance Leverette. The workshop aimed to help delegates understand the need for thorough market research in different stages of the research life cycle, in order to ensure research outputs are brought to market effectively.
In attendance were representatives from 6 institutions: London South Bank University, Queen Mary University of London, Royal Holloway University of London, SOAS University of London, University of East London and University of the Arts London.
Jean Claude Juncker has made several changes to the composition of key Directorate Generals (DGs).
Overall there have been 5 new appointments at Director General level. The Director General is the most senior civil servant in the DG, directly answerable to the Commissioner. They administer and implement the political priorities as outlined by the Commissioner.
On 6-7th December 2017 London Higher Europe led a delegation of 6 Early Career Researchers from member universities to Brussels for a two-day mission to explore the Brussels landscape and gain a better understanding of European engagement and funding opportunities.
London Higher recently ran two day-long London events exploring a range of themes associated with EU project management. These two events represent London Higher Europe’s increasing work in the area of EU project management support, and we will aim to address further questions about EU projects in 2018.
On the 19th and 20th of September, London Higher Europe supported the ERRIN EU Design Days and explored how London’s Research base can use its world-leading arts and design sector to contribute to solving some of Europe’s biggest challenges.
UK Universities have had another great result, winning more European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants than any other country in 2017. In these uncertain times, its more important than ever that the UK continues to play an important role in European Research and Innovation by remaining open to the world and playing its part in solving some of the biggest global challenges.
Jo Johnson, UK Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, gave further reassurance this week and re-iterated the Government's financial support to UK universities in H2020 collaborations with European partners.
The government has today (21 April 2017) confirmed that EU students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in academic year 2018 to 2019.
Britain’s exit from the European Union will put unparalleled pressure on the Higher Education sector in the UK. Any limitations on the ability of staff and students to work and study in the UK would be disastrous for certain subject areas; languages, the creative arts and medicine in particular. In these areas, EU students and staff can account for more than a quarter of total numbers......
On Thursday the 9th of February 2017 London Higher Europe hosted a half-day information event for its members focused on alternative sources of European funding outside of Horizon 2020, the EU’s main research and innovation programme.
The EU and the US signed an arrangement on the 17th of October 2016, with the aim of enabling productive collaboration between US research institutes and Horizon 2020 participants. The agreement makes it easier for researchers on both sides of the Atlantic to work together to address common challenges.
On Tuesday the 24th of January 2017 London Higher Europe ran a training session in collaboration with University College London (UCL) on how to give members’ applications the best chance when facing the stringent criteria for highly prestigious Horizon 2020 grants. The specific focus of the training was Collaborative Research Projects and European Research Council (ERC) grants.
On Tuesday the 17th of January 2017 London Higher Europe organised the inaugural meeting of the third in its series of working groups, centered around Creative Europe funding and the Creative Industries. In attendance were eight senior academics from five institutions and research office staff from SOAS, LSBU, Royal Holloway, University of East London, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, as well as two representatives from the Creative Europe Desk UK.
A special post from the London Higher Deputy Chief Executive, who wanted to provide a few thoughts on the latest round of European Research Council consolidator grants.
On 7-8 December 2016 the third Delegation of Research Administrators from London Higher Europe member institutions came to experience Brussels and the European quater first hand.
On Monday the 3rd of October London Higher Europe held its first Big Data working group session, part of our network of interdisciplinary working groups which include migration, creative, food and health.
On 21-22 June 2016 London Higher Europe invited a delegation of Early Career Researchers from member universities to Brussels for a two-day mission to explore the Brussels landscape and gane a better understanding of European engagment.
On the 3rd of February, London Higher Europe successfully organised the event Border Stories: From there to here. How innovative research into personal experiences can help the EU address Intra EU mobility and Third Country Migration. The event took place at London House in Brussels.
On 8-9 December 2015 the second Delegation of Research Administrators from London Higher Europe member institutions came to experience Brussels and the European quater first hand. London Higher organised a programme in cooperation with London's European Office in Brussels which took the delegation on a tour around the European Parliament and included sessions on the EU and EU institutions, developing EU funding skills as well as a presentation by UKRO on the Marie-Skłodowska Curie Programme.
An academic from the UCL Institute of Education, who was recently appointed Professor of Autism Education, has been awarded one of the 2015 Philip Leverhulme Prizes. Professor Liz Pellicano's research seeks to understand the distinctive opportunities and challenges often faced by autistic children, young people and adults and trace their impact on everyday life.
On 1-2 July 2015 a delegation of Research Administrators from London Higher Europe member institutions came to experience Brussels and the European quater first hand. London Higher organised a programme in cooperation with London's European Office in Brussels which took the delegation on a tour around the European Parliament and included sessions on the EU and EU institutions, developing EU funding skills as well as a presentation by UKRO on the Marie-Skłodowska Curie Programme.
Deputy Director Dr Navtej Purewal outlined the new Institute’s research interests, which range from rights and inequality to the full spectrum of the arts to prospects for the Indian economy.
For the second year running the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has been ranked as the world's number one university for education in the 2015 QS World University Rankings. The IOE has been placed well above the other top universities of Harvard, Stamford, Cambridge and Melbourne for the excellence of its academic provision.
The event which took place on the 5th of February at the offices of London's European Office in Brussels gathered around 40 participants for a discussion around Future Proof Food: putting less in, getting more out – supply chain partnerships & the holistic approach to food sustainability.
In August 2014, the Economics and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC) awarded a grant to Professor Christina Victor (Department of Clinical Sciences) to run a seminar series entitled New perspectives on loneliness: developing theory, methodology and evidence for practice.
The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), published today, confirm Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)’s place in the very top group of research-led universities.