A professor in Germany responding to the opportunity for a computer science role described it as “very interesting” and noted that the reputation of the institution keen to hire him was “impeccable”. But he added: “Alas, given the pending Brexit and the confusions and insecurity surrounding it, I cannot, at this point, see myself working in the UK.”
A professor of smart manufacturing was similarly reticent to make the move, saying: “Until the political situation in the UK becomes clear, I do not consider the possibility to work and live in the UK.” And a professor of industrial management from Finland said they would hesitate in applying for a UK role because they weren’t familiar with the British research funding system. They added that Brexit was “worrying” and said: “I wonder what it would mean for me coming from an EU country or generally the idea of relocation to a non-EU country.”
Shortlists of European candidates for EU academic roles collapsed the weekend after the Brexit referendum in June 2016. We are yet to see a full recovery in the five years since. The uncertainty around the withdrawal agreement may have gone, but that’s only been replaced in academia with uncertainty around funding.
Britain’s vote to leave made it more expensive for EU researchers and academics to come to the UK. They now face the same costs as counterparts arriving from outside the EU. Visas and health surcharges for each family member can tot up to thousands of pounds. Then there is the pain of the extra paperwork. No one enjoys filling in forms – and academics are no different.
Persuading a high-flying academic to move countries – either alone or with a family – is not easy in “normal” times. They are not actively looking for a job. We’re trying to persuade them that a UK institution is a great career move for them. It only takes the smallest of barriers for them to decide to stay put in their current role. And some of the barriers Brexit has raised aren’t small.
It’s not just administrative issues putting off EU academics. The spirit of Brexit is arguably a bigger problem. Higher education is a global market populated by worldly people. They don't want to see themselves in a country that is is arguably closing itself off to the rest of the world.
"It's very well known that I voted Brexit, but the idea is that after you've done it, you then go in and be sensible about the relationships you have with people. So at the moment, all this guff about not being able to play in #Europe and Europeans not being able to play over here, and work permits, and all the rest of the rubbish – Come on! Get your act together!," he added.Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/iron-maiden-singer-who-voted-for-brexit-complains-about-resulting-eu-travel-restrictions/ar-AALyfcJ