A top UK university is planning a "unique" post-Brexit arrangement with a German university in which staff will be appointed jointly by both institutions, with the aim of keeping access to EU research funding for UK academics. Imperial College London, ranked as one of the top 10 universities in the world, has signed a partnership with the Technical University of Munich.
The agreement will create academic posts jointly recruited and shared by the UK and German universities, with these staff having a form of academic dual nationality. Both universities specialise in science and technology and the shared research will be in areas such as computer science, medical science, bioengineering, physics and aerospace.
The intention is for these "shared" academics - whether German or from the UK, and whether based in London or Munich - to continue to be eligible for EU research projects, through the Technical University of Munich's access to EU funding.