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International mobility is important for the UK and UK researchers

International mobility is important for the UK and UK researchers

The UK makes up 5% of OECD countries' population but hosts 15% of the students studying for masters and PhD degrees in OECD countries

Among EU member states, the UK has been the top receiving country for PhD candidates from both within and outside the EU

UK = 35,600

Within EU: 11,500

Outside EU: 24,100

France = 28,400

Within EU: 5,400

Outside EU: 23,000

Spain = 14,400

Within EU: 3,100

Outside EU: 11,300

The number of international students studying in UK research degree programmes tripled from 1994/5 to 2012/13

Outflow of UK researchers to elsewhere in EU: 600

Inflow of researchers from elsewhere in EU to UK: 3,600

The UK leads the EU in the number of prestigious ERC grants it hosts. In 2016:

117 grants were awarded to researchers who would work in the UK although only 45 grantees had UK nationality.

Increase in percentage of UK academic staff who are non-UK nationals:

2005/6 = 19%

2015/16 = 29%

72% of active UK researchers have trained or worked as researchers abroad

Adapted from International mobility of researchers: A review of the literature by Susan Guthrie, Catherine Lichten, Jennie Corbett and Steven Wooding, RR-1991/1-RS, 2017, available at https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1991.html.

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