IUA join 36 EU and UK higher education and research organisations in joint-declaration of cooperation post-Brexit

The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has joined 36 other higher education and research organisations from across the European Union and the United Kingdom in a joint declaration of cooperation on research and student exchange. All 37 pan-European organisations have signed the statement calling on governments across Europe for their continued commitment to the Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe programmes.

The UK’s participation in Horizon Europe and Erasmus+, which will both begin 1 January 2021, will be part of the negotiations between the UK and the EU. During this transition period the UK will remain a full member of the Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe programmes. The Irish Universities Association recognises the importance of the links between the United Kingdom and the European Union for academic and scientific cooperation and we have signed this declaration to underline the willingness of our seven universities to continue close collaboration with our nearest neighbours.

Jim Miley, Director General of the IUA said: “There are currently in excess of 500 active partnerships between Irish universities and those in the UK. It is critically important that these relationships are maintained into the future. Irish universities need to maintain the strongest possible links with their counterparts on the neighbouring island. This is vital to the advancement of Irish research and innovation and to continuing an active exchange of third level students.”

The full list of signatories:

Academy of Medical Sciences

Aurora Universities Network

British Council EU Region

British Irish Chamber of Commerce

CaSE – Campaign for Science and Engineering

CBI – Confederation of British Industry


Council of Rectors of Latvia

CPU – Conference of University Presidents, France

CRASP – Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland

CRC – Czech Rectors’ Conference

CREF – Rectors conference of the Belgian French universities

Crue Universidades Españolas – Spanish Rectors’ Conference

CRUI – The Conference of Italian University Rectors

CRUP – Portuguese Rectors’ Conference

ECIU – European Consortium of Innovative Universities

EUA – European University Association

Flemish Interuniversity Council

GuildHE – a UK representative body for small and specialist universities and colleges

HRC – Hungarian Rectors’ Conference

HRK – The German Rectors’ Conference

Icelandic Rector´s Conference

Irish University Association

LERU – League of European Research Universities

SUHF – The Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions


The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities

UNICA – Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe

UNIFI – Universities Finland

Universities Austria

Universities Denmark

Universities Estonia

Universities Lithuania

Universities Norway

University of Luxembourg

Universities UK

VSNU – The Association of Universities in the Netherlands



For further information please contact

Lewis Purser, IUA Director of Academic Affairs 01 6764948

Lia O’Sullivan, IUA Head of Communications 01 676 4948