Research: Law degrees are more reliant on EU funding than languages degrees

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University law faculties receive millions of pounds a year from Europe — will Brexit change this?

Research has shown law is more reliant on EU funding than most other university courses, modern languages included.

A new report by Technopolis Group says that law is one of the 15 subjects most reliant on EU money for its research income, i.e. it’s one of 15 subjects whose income from EU government bodies represents 20% or more of its total research income. While it’s still up in the air what will happen to university funding post-Brexit, the report notes that these 15 disciplines “may be amongst the most at risk from any change in the terms of access to EU funds going forward.”

In 2014/15, financial support from EU government bodies made up 26% of the total figure for law research grants and contracts. In money terms, that’s £5,290,000 out of £20,250,000.

Media studies (27%), IT (30%) and classics (33%) courses all derive a higher percentage of funding from Europe. Archaeology tops the list at 38%.

Table via Technopolis Group

Rounding off the top 15 are ten subjects whose research grants and contracts are less reliant on EU money than law. These are: philosophy (25%), modern languages (24%), anthropology (23%), business studies (23%), chemistry (23%), area studies (23%), politics (21%), architecture (21%), art and design (20%), and sociology (20%).

However it’s also worth noting the report — commissioned by the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society — also includes a table showing the academic disciplines that received the most income from the EU in pounds, not percentages. Law is not on it.

Interestingly, only three of the subjects that feature on the percentage table also feature on the pounds table. These are IT, business studies and chemistry. Clinical medicine came out on top, receiving just shy of £120,000,000 from the EU in 2014/15.

The report also reveals which universities obtain the most funding from the EU. While Goldsmiths College derives the highest percentage of its income from European government bodies than any other university (61%), the University of Oxford wins overall in real money terms (£60,300,000; 8%).

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LC’s three go-to topics in an attempt to get comments: 1. Brexit, 2. Diversity, 3. $$$ vs. work-life balance.

Sigh. At least the ‘Beyoncé of the Supreme Court’ nonsense has stopped.



I voted for the Brexit because I am a hard working fella (9 to 5, the grind,) who is just trying to look after me kids and doesn’t want all those European folk taking our jobs (who are not all white, not that I am racist or anything, but just an observation). We need to take back control – I remember when you could get a meal deal for £1 with out having to worry about EU regulations or pay for a paper bag. I never used to have to lock the front door but you know, bla bla bla



Pah, I remember when you could buy an icecream or a Mars bar for sixpence (6d) and there were none of them foreigners, with their disgusting practises, ’round our way. But I did have to get up in the morning at ten o’clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed…


Not Amused

We are EU net contributors. This is our money we are allegedly being ‘given’.


Alan P

Exactly. EU funding is our own money, and no-one could say it is in a better position to judge what is necessary for our country.



Ah, can I remind you of the concept of non-fungibility…


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This is badly researched nonsense.
The money universities (and the arts) receive from the EU is recycled money from us.
The money we receive is LESS than what we pay in for this specific purpose because millions we pay into the bodies are syphimoned off to run the EU recycling plant, and some money redistributed to poorer EU countries.

The way this article makes it out, the EU is a grand benefactor of UK universities. I didnt vote for Brexit, but you shouldn’t get away so easily publishing misinformation.


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