The University of Birmingham and Trinity College Dublin’s new research and education partnership aims to strengthen academic links across Europe as Brexit draws closer.
Academics from both universities will initially work across three research areas: clinical trials and training, biomaterials and digital textual editing. The clinical trials and training element will include clinical placements for medical students and joint PhDs. In the arena of biomaterials, the universities will host joint research and postgraduate programmes. The universities’ partnership in digital textual editing will investigate how the digital world impacts on argument, perceptions of authorship and authority structures.
The partnership, which was launched on 25 January, will also involve the creation of exchange opportunities between the two universities. The universities acknowledge that this has been influenced by the “uncertainty about study opportunities in Europe post-Brexit”. Concern over the future of the Erasmus+ programme that enables student exchanges and is at risk in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Since 1987, the scheme has allowed more than 200,000 students to study in Europe as part of their UK degree.