Preserving the DNA of UK universities: the key role of non-UK postgraduate research students

Ludovic Highman, Simon Marginson

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Abstract

We cannot understand the risks posed by Brexit to the UK higher education (HE) system simply by taking a bird’s eye view of the system at the macro-level, treating the ‘university’ as a one and indivisible unit and the ‘student’ as a one-size-fits-all category. This misses the diversity of higher education institutions (HEIs), the multitude of disciplines they harbour that cater for all dimensions of human activity and the different types of students they enrol. We offer a more fine-grained analysis, focusing on one dimension of higher education and research with many ramifications. That is the role of non-UK postgraduate research students in UK research. These students substantially enhance UK research capacity and teaching excellence and UK HEIs are highly dependent on them.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCentre for Global Higher Education
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2018

Keywords

  • Brexit
  • postgraduate education
  • Research

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Highman, L., & Marginson, S. (2018). Preserving the DNA of UK universities: the key role of non-UK postgraduate research students. (pp. 1-9). Centre for Global Higher Education.