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1 British Council and EURAXESS Dr Claire McNulty Director of Science, British Council 14 th March 2013

2 British Council work We are the UKs international cultural relations organisation, and have been working for more than 75 years to forge links between people in the UK and other countries Our main purpose is to build engagement and trust through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people worldwide We have 218 offices in 109 countries around the world

3 Main areas of work Our three core areas of work are: English Arts Education and Society Science is closely linked with Education and Society, but can also provide themes for work in Arts and English

4 Science and Research approaches Education intelligence and research Policy dialogues Sustainable HE partnerships Student and researcher mobility Capacity building Public engagement of science

5 The Shape of Things to Come New Opportunities Changing patterns of student mobility (new growth markets - India, Nigeria, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey Growing importance of Trans National Education Collaboration with rapidly growing emerging scientific nations (China, India, Brazil, Malaysia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Qatar) But…. Increased competition for research excellence and funding Increased international competition for students Visas issues

6 Global Policy Dialogues Going Global –International Education Conference –Dubai, March 4-6th –Includes aspects linked to research Bilateral or Regional policy Dialogues –E.g. South Asia Policy Dialogue series. Including Research and Relevance in Pakistan, 2014.

7 Example of research partnership initiative: BIRAX Regenerative Medicine Initiative Britain-Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership Five-year programme Funding for teams in UK and Israel to carry out joint research Maximum funding £400,000 over 3 years Associated fellowship scheme for early career researchers to undertake research visits. Supported by Pears Foundation, UJIA, BIS, FCO, Ministry of Science and Technology (Israel)

8 Other Research partnership projects India (UKIERI2) Turkey Russia Japan (Renkei) Central South Asia (Inspire project) China (Sino-UK Higher Education Research Partnership) Under development: UK-US-3 rd Country Normally working with other UK and national partners

9 EURAXESS

10 EURAXESS-UK - managed by the British Council and funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills The EURAXESS-UK website will be promoted as the key information portal for researchers Jan 23 rd Joint press release from RCUK, Higher Education Funding Councils, Learned Academies and Universities UK.

11 EURAXESS EURAXESS Jobs - Information on job opportunities, funding opportunities, grants, employment, etc. EURAXESS Services - Practical assistance for researchers EURAXESS Rights - Information on the European Researchers Charter and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers EURAXESS Links - a networking tool for researchers outside Europe. Operating in USA, China, Japan, India and Singapore

12 Central jobs and funding portal for Europe Free of charge Can advertise jobs and search CV database (18,000 CVs) As of March 2012, more than 7000 organisations from across Europe are registered on EURAXESS Jobs Around 35,000 unique visitors per month 6,990 vacancies currently available, 631 from the UK Nature Jobs postings imported to EURAXESS Jobs All European research organisations are being encouraged to use the EURAXESS Jobs portal to advertise their research positions EURAXESS Jobs

13 Practical assistance for researchers and their families before, during and after their move abroad Web portals –Each country runs their own national portal Helpdesks (phone or ) Service Centres –Walk-in centres providing personalised assistance to all researchers Local Contact Points Offices within universities etc giving assistance to incoming staff/students Around 200 Service Centres or Local Contact Points in 40 countries EURAXESS Services

14 Information on living, working and research in the UK Jobs in the UK RSS feed Downloadable guide for researchers Leaving the UK Searchable database of international funding opportunities Information on living, working and research in the UK Jobs in the UK RSS feed Downloadable guide for researchers Leaving the UK Searchable database of international funding opportunities

15 EURAXESS-UK Searchable Funding database 200 funding schemes in database, from travel grants for conferences, to longer term partnership funding

16 How can you get involved? 2. Encourage use of EURAXESS-Jobs to advertise research positions 1. Make researchers more aware of the EURAXESS initiatives 3. Sign up as a EURAXESS Local Contact Point Contact:

17 EURAXESS UK Local Contact Points So far 15 UK Universities have signed up as local contact points: These offer customized assistance to researchers coming to their own institution before, during and after their move Aberystwyth University Bangor University Durham University University of Dundee University of Edinburgh University of Glasgow University of Huddersfield University of Leicester University of Liverpool Newcastle University Northumbria University Plymouth University Queen Margaret University Edinburgh Swansea University University of West of Scotland

18 What should a EURAXESS-LCP do? Act as first point of contact for international researchers coming to your institution Provide advice and assistance on matters relating to mobility – often a matter of knowing who to refer questions to Set up dedicated address (e.g. Link to Euraxess-UK national portal Contact:

19 Benefits of being a EURAXESS-LCP Demonstrates commitment to international researchers and to the European Research Area. Higher visibility across Europe and beyond Closer linkage to counterparts throughout Europe Access to training and networking events Participation in EC funded projects – some calls open only to Euraxess members Simple to do; very little bureaucracy Contact:

20 Future direction Further development of EURAXESS-UK website Building up network of EURAXESS-UK LCPs Support/training/networking for LCPs – e.g. on visas, social security, attendance at conferences, Nature Jobs Fair etc Stronger focus on promotion outside Europe

21 Any Questions?

22 British Council Online Resources EducationUK Guide to studying in the UK EURAXESS-UK Practical information for mobile researchers. Includes a searchable database of international funding opportunities. CUBED Magazine highlighting UK breakthroughs in science and innovation Talking Science Science communication website, with information about science festivals, science in the media, and links to useful resources. European RTD Insight We sponsor this monthly online publication which provides the latest news on European Union policy; research; education, training and culture; external collaboration; events and awards; new publications and online resources


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