Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Don't Fall Foul of EU Hiring Rules, Warns Brussels

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Don't Fall Foul of EU Hiring Rules, Warns Brussels

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Universities could lose up to a quarter of European Union research funding if they fail to comply with new rules designed to promote fair recruitment, a Brussels official has warned.

Under the six-year E80 billion (£58.5 billion) Horizon 2020 settlement agreed in May, UK universities are expected to receive roughly £2 billion in EU funding over the next two years.

But institutions could see large amounts of money clawed back by the EU if they do not adhere to new conditions attached to Horizon 2020 funding, said Irmela Brach, policy officer at the European Commission's directorate-general for research and innovation.

Speaking at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference in Manchester, which took place from 8 to 9 September, Dr Brach said that breaches of the new framework's article 32 - designed to stamp out sexism, nepotism, localism and cronyism when hiring researchers - could lead to severe financial penalties for those who have won European Research Council awards.

Termination or suspension of research payments would be possible under the rules outlined in Horizon 2020, which came into effect last November, Dr Brach explained. …

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