Europe-wide delegation gather in Edinburgh

Leaders from 23 of Europe’s biggest and most influential universities have been visiting Edinburgh this weekend.

Recent developments in higher education across Europe have been discussed at the League of European Research Universities (LERU) Rectors Assembly meeting.

The group has focused on equality, inclusion and diversity at research intensive universities, careers of researchers outside of academia, student entrepreneurship and teacher training.

Delegates have also discussed research collaboration post Brexit and how LERU and its members can ensure strong future relationships between UK institutions and Europe.

We are committed to building upon the collaborative nature of our relationship with researchers across Europe and ensuring our strong international partnerships help change lives for the better.

Professor Peter MathiesonPrincipal, the University of Edinburgh

European network

LERU is an association of leading European research-intensive universities that share the values of high-quality teaching within an environment of internationally competitive research.

The network acts as a strong voice on a wide range of topics related to EU policies and initiatives.

LERU helps shape policy at EU level and further politicians, policy makers and opinion leaders’ understanding of the important role of research-intensive universities.

Engaging with partners

In the past 12 months, the University has visited five LERU members as part of a series of European visits led by Vice-Principal Planning, Resources and Research Policy, Professor Jonathan Seckl.

Areas of potential further collaboration have been identified with the University of Helsinki, University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, University of Copenhagen and KU Leuven.

We are proud to host the LERU Rectors Assembly meeting this weekend and welcome friends and colleagues from across Europe. LERU is a valued advisor to the European Commission and acts as the voice of European research-intensive universities on a wide range of topics.

Professor Peter MathiesonPrincipal, the University of Edinburgh



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