The Benefits of EU Collaboration for Higher Education and Research

On Thursday 9 June 2016, CRESCENDO participated in one of the final Universities for Europe events before the EU referendum on 23 June. The event was organised and hosted by Universities UK, in partnership with ResPublica and Scientists for EU.

The event aimed to highlight the economic and human impact of EU supported research at UK universities, and strongly showcased ground-breaking research projects currently underway at UK universities with EU support to an audience of academics, industry experts and policymakers.

Photo 09-06-2016, 16 40 32For this event CRESCENDO teamed up with another three EU projects in our field: PRIMAVERA (, TRANSrisk ( and HELIX (, creating a cluster of Climate related research where the public came to learn more about us through our video-animations, quizzes and information sheets and posters.

This event included an address by the special guest Jo Johnson MP, followed by short speeches by three UK investigators who lead cutting-edge research funded by the EU: Prof Anne Rosser (Repair-HD project), Prof Adrian Hill (BELLEROPHON project) and Dr Mark Scase (DOREMI project). Universities UK launched new data on the economic impact of EU research across the regions of the UK. The shocking headline figures were:

  • EU research funding generates over 19,000 jobs across the UK and £1.86 billion of output for the economy, according to published new figures;
  • Over 10,190 full-time-equivalent jobs and £1.02 billion of output were generated in other parts of the UK economy, outside the university sector;

With all eyes on the impending UK referendum on the 23rd of June, one of the sectors that will be most impacted by the outcome of this decision is higher education, and the life-changing research conducted within our world-leading universities. Academics, industry experts and policymakers came together for this high profile showcase of research made possible by the European Union. Spanning from smart cities to research on the genetics of disease, a wide spectrum of projects are carried out; all enabled by EU collaboration and funding, and with universities in the UK leading the way. For more information about Universities for EU click here.

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