The result of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU puts at risk the UK’s world-leading research excellence in the humanities and social sciences. Scholarship and research flourish in long-term stable and interconnected frameworks that support people, collaboration, resources and regulation. EU membership has provided such frameworks for the humanities and social sciences in the UK, based on:
- Our ability to attract an international talent pool through our open labour market;
- Working and competing with the best in the EU;
- Having a single regulatory framework that we have helped shape in the EU; and,
- Winning increasing EU funding through models of funding not available in the UK.
The humanities and social sciences face a major challenge as the UK withdraws from the EU if they are to continue to achieve success comparable to that they currently enjoy. The British Academy’s top priority as outlined in our report Brexit means…? The British Academy’s Priorities for the Humanities and Social Sciences in the Current Negotiations is therefore to ensure that the excellence and value of UK-based research, researchers and students in the humanities and social sciences are recognised and supported in the various agreements that will be required during and after the Article 50 process.