University Research Centre Welcomes Visiting Brexperts


A national Brexit Centre has welcomed five new visiting academics to assist its research team.

The facility based at Birmingham City University, aims to explore the impact that Britain’s exit from the European Union will have on trade, business, the economy, regional development, employment and migration.

The new academics, who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience on Brexit from the perspective of their subject fields, are from a variety of respected universities from across the United Kingdom.

Director for the Centre for Brexit Studies, Professor Alex de Ruyter, announced the new appointments earlier this month, stating: “I am delighted to say that our team will be expanding further, with some welcome fresh ideas and research approaches.”

“We’ve grown from a small team that started some eighteen months ago, to a larger and much more varied group of individuals all with a specific interest in the potential impact this change could have on their subject area.”

Professor David Bailey of Aston University, Dr Philip Tomlinson of the University of Bath, Dr Vangelis Tsiligris of Nottingham Trent, Dr Les Budd from the Open University, and former leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor John Clancy have all had previous experience with the Centre and have welcomed the opportunity to become more involved.

Speaking on his recent appointment, Professor Bailey said: “I’m thrilled to be able to help Alex and the team to explore the impact of Brexit on manufacturing and the automotive industry in particular.”

Dr Phil Tomlinson, Deputy Director of the Centre of Governance, Regulation and Industrial Strategy at the University of Bath, added:

Speaking of his interest, Dr Tsiligris explained: “Unfoundedly Brexit has already had a major impact on UK higher education institutions (HEIs).”

“There is scope to research how internationalisation and, in particular transnational education, could help UK HEIs hedging some of the risks associated with Brexit. CBS provides an excellent research community environment in doing this.”

Councillor John Clancy echoed the sentiments of his colleagues, commenting: “I am looking forward to working with Alex and the rest of the team researching how Brexit will affect regional and city economies.”

The Centre for Brexit Studies is expecting a busy time ahead, with new parliamentary decisions, the continuation of current research and fresh funding calls.

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