The Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Irish Academy and the Learned Society of Wales have today published a joint statement on higher education, research and innovation following the UK government's triggering of Article 50 - the formal notification of its intention to withdraw from the European Union.

These seven academies represent the best researchers in their fields in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. They stand ready to help ensure that the UK maintains its world leading position in research and innovation. The statement covers four topics:

  • People
  • Collaboration
  • Resources
  • Regulation

Download the full statement

Higher Education, Research and Innovation: After Triggering Article 50

Notes to editors:

  1. The British Academy for the humanities and social sciences. Established by Royal Charter in 1902. Its purpose is to inspire and support high achievement in the humanities and social sciences throughout the UK and internationally, and to promote their public value. Follow the British Academy on Twitter @britac_news
  2. The Academy of Medical Sciences is the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Our mission is to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society. The Academy’s elected Fellows are the United Kingdom’s leading medical scientists from hospitals, academia, industry and the public service. We work with them to promote excellence, influence policy to improve health and wealth, nurture the next generation of medical researchers, link academia, industry and the NHS, seize international opportunities and encourage dialogue about the medical sciences.
  3. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession
  4. The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.
  5. The Royal Society of Edinburgh is Scotland’s National Academy and an educational charity, registered in Scotland (SC000470), operating on a wholly independent and non-party-political basis and providing public benefit throughout Scotland.  We were established in 1783 and since then have drawn upon the strengths and expertise of our 1600 Fellows, who are based in Scotland, the rest of the UK and beyond.
  6. The Royal Irish Academy is Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities. We engage with higher education, government and industry.
  7. The Learned Society of Wales (LSW) was set up in 2010 as an independent, all-Wales, pan-discipline educational charity, to provide public benefit including the recognition of scholarly excellence, promotion of research and provision of expert, independent, scholarly advice on a variety of public policy issues related to science, engineering, medicine, arts, humanities and social sciences.