CGHE Seminar 113

The UK global university in the Brexit era

  • Monday, 24 Jun 2019 09:15 - 15:30
  • 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, in partnership with the ESRC/OFSRE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), is pleased to announce that it is hosting an interdisciplinary symposium in Sheffield on The UK Global University after Brexit,

The symposium takes place from 09:15 to 15:30 on Monday 24 June 2019, and will provide a valuable opportunity for researchers from a variety of disciplines to critically examine the complex challenges posed to UK universities by Brexit.

View the full programme here.

Contemporary global universities are characterised by the free flow of talent, collaborations and ideas across national, regional and continental boundaries. However, since the 2016 EU referendum, an unhelpful polarisation has at times emerged between universities’ global and local engagements and impacts, with the former seen as entrenching various forms of inequality.

As the UK higher education community navigates the myriad consequences and uncertainties of Brexit, it faces pressing questions about the purposes of the global university and the range of productive connections it can generate. Do national, regional and local foci sit in growing tension with international engagement and openness? How are universities redefining their civic purposes in this environment? Will growing nationalism and populism limit their activities on a global scale?

At a time of intense turbulence in UK politics, society and higher education, this symposium will explore the changing significance of global universities, their transformative potential, and their uncertain futures. All are welcome to join us for an engaging, wide-ranging and productive day of discussions.

Please register here.

For more information, please email Dr Vassiliki Papatsiba ( or Dr Heather Ellis (


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


Details of livestreaming of this event to be added in due course.

Vassiliki Papatsiba

Vassiliki Papatsiba

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

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