Home > International > Australian and British university leaders look to map out post-Brexit ties

Australian and British university leaders look to map out post-Brexit ties

5 March 2018

Ahead of the Brexit process, Australian and British university leaders and peak bodies will seek to “turbo charge” existing university sector collaborations and map out opportunities to add to them.

Following a UK-Australia roundtable of Vice-Chancellors on Friday 2 March, Universities UK (UUK) and Universities Australia​ (UA) will work together to progress the following joint initiatives:​​​​

  1. Increasing mobility of UK and Australian students and graduates to enhance global employability and skills;
  2. Pursuing the mutual recognition of academic and professional qualifications, to support the free flow of talent and ideas; and
  3. Combining UK and Australian research and innovation capability to drive national and global growth, prosperity and security.
The next stage of this ongoing work between university leaders and their sector bodies will be to prepare a mapping report. It will identify areas of comparative strength in the relationship, along with those that would benefit from more focused attention and investment.

UA and UUK will also engage professional and statutory bodies to assess where the recognition of professional qualifications is already well advanced, and where this could be improved.

The mapping exercise will aim to draw out those areas in which existing collaboration between UK and Australian universities and research institutes support declared priorities for national economic development and prosperity. This includes under Australia’s National Innovation and Science Agenda and the UK’s Industrial Strategy. It would also aim to pick up opportunities at the state level in Australia and in the UK devolved administrations and regional objectives.

A future UK-Australia trade agreement could be one possible mechanism to recognise bilateral collaboration in skills, higher education, research and innovation at the highest level between the two governments.

Ahead of formal negotiations, following the UK’s exit from the European Union, Universities UK and Universities Australia will engage closely with the higher education and research communities, and with agencies and government departments. These engagements will seek to ensure that the importance of higher education and research to the UK and Australian economies is well understood and to identify the areas of shared mutual interest which should feature in any future agreements.

Key Contacts

Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

Media Relations Manager
Universities UK

Clara Plackett

Clara Plackett

Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK

Blog

Go International – try more, do more, fear less

1 November 2017
Simmone Mclean, student at the University of Northampton, discusses her life-changing experience of studying abroad as part of her degree.

Further developments on student migration data

24 August 2017
As the Home Office and Office for National Statistics release new migration data, UUK's Eleanor Jubb analyses the implications for the higher education sector.

News

Metro and city mayors sign letter highlighting regional impact of international students

18 January 2018
The six elected metro mayors in England, alongside the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, have signed a joint letter – published in the Financial Times – highlighting the positive impact international students have on our cities and regions.

Twenty three universities join student visa pilot

18 December 2017
Universities UK commented today on the news that the Home Office is to extend the scheme which streamlines the process for international Masters students wanting to study in the UK.