EU Referendum: our commitment to research remains strong as ever

Thursday 21 July 2016

Statement from Professor Roger Kain (dean and chief executive of the School of Advanced Study and pro vice-chancellor (Research) University of London)

Following the results of the EU referendum on 23 June, I would like to reaffirm that the School’s mission, which is underpinned by its research activities, remains unchanged. The School will continue to be an innovative and neutral space for the conduct, promotion and facilitation of research, and its commitment to the highest standards of scholarship is as strong as ever. It will, as before, undertake challenging research that extends the boundaries of knowledge across disciplines through its researchers, current and future, as well as through collaborations with the research community from Europe and around the world.

I therefore would like to reassure all researchers at all levels from within and outside Europe that we are as open and welcoming as we were before the referendum. In keeping with London's dynamic, multicultural and entrepreneurial character, the School exists to promote and further increase interdisciplinary partnerships, and I would like to encourage anyone from any part of the world to get in touch with us if you would like your research to be hosted here.

The School takes comfort in both the EU Research and Innovation Commissioner’s statement, and the prime minister’s confirmation in parliament, that all existing H2020 grant agreements will be honoured and that UK institutions and researchers remain fully eligible to apply for funding from H2020. The School will indeed continue for the foreseeable future to take part in cross-European collaborative bids for funding in Horizon 2020 programme and other European-funded schemes and would like to re-emphasise its commitment to its existing and future EU-funded projects and EU researchers.

For further information, please contact our research services by emailing research@sas.ac.uk.