CGHE Seminar

The UK global university in the Brexit era

  • Monday, 24 Jun 2019 10:00 - 15:15
  • The Conference Room, Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS), University of Sheffield

The Higher Education Research Cluster in the School of Education, University of Sheffield, will host an interdisciplinary seminar on the theme of The UK global university in the Brexit era, in collaboration with ESRC/OFSRE Centre for Global Higher Education.

The seminar to be held on the 24th June 2019 in Sheffield will provide a valuable opportunity for researchers from various disciplines to initiate a much-needed dialogue by critically examining the complex challenges to the ‘global university’ posed by Brexit.

Contemporary global universities are characterised by the free flow of talent, collaborations and ideas. They specialise in developing practices that unfold across national, regional and continental boundaries. International academic mobility and global science collaborations are constitutive of their fabric; however, concerns have been raised about how these translate into national and local impacts. An unhelpful polarisation between universities’ global and local foci is emerging, and the former is being blamed for the growing entrenchment of various orders of inequality. The difficulties faced by UK universities with their dependence on international migration, the circulation of ideas and sharing of facilities and resources in the wake of the EU referendum vote provide a good example of this.

Questions have been raised about the purposes of the global university and the range of productive connections it can generate. Do the national and regional purposes of universities act as a countervailing force to their international engagement and openness? Are the highly international UK universities reshaping their civic roles and sense of purpose in this challenging environment? Is the rise of nationalism restricting their activities and roles in society?

It is with a view to discussing and debating the significance of the global university, its transformative and reproductive potentials amidst globalised systems of science, international higher education and calls for productive connections to their places that we are organising this seminar. We look forward to an engaging, wide-ranging and productive set of discussions.

For additional information please email Dr Vassiliki Papatsiba ( and Dr Heather Ellis (


All seminars are free and open to the public. No advance booking required.

Vassiliki Papatsiba

Vassiliki Papatsiba

Vassiliki Papatsiba is a Co-Investigator on CGHE’s local higher education engagement research programme.

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