Royal Irish Academy Brexit Survey Results14 July 2017
Survey results released outlining the views of the academic community concerning the potential impact of Brexit.
In response to the UKs decision to leave the EU, the Royal Irish Academy established a high-level taskforce to consider the implications of this decision on the research and higher education sectors in the North and South. The Taskforce conducted a survey of the academic community to assess their views on the issue.
The survey found that:
- When asked to respond to the statement ‘Brexit is likely to impact negatively on North- South collaboration in the medium to long-term’, 77% of respondents either ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’.
- 79% of respondents ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ that collaborations between U.K and Irish higher education institutions (HEIs) are very important in their academic/research field, highlighting the need to continue to facilitate such collaborations post-Brexit.
- The shared land border between Ireland and Northern Ireland was recognised as a unique and important issue: respondents frequently drew attention to the importance of an open border to allow academic and research staff and students to travel freely.
The survey will be followed by a data release later this summer. The full survey report can be read here
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