A lecture hall. The word "abroad" is projected on screen to a room full of students. The picture is taken from the back of the lecture hall.

“As neighbouring countries with a complex, shared history, the mobility of people between Ireland and the UK has always been important …especially in a higher education context where the Common Travel Area, which is 100yrs old this year, enables student flows throughout these islands.’’ 

British Council Ireland and the British Embassy in Dublin launched the findings of the Higher Education Mobility Report on HE student flows between the UK and Ireland on 20 September 2023. 

The Higher Education Mobility Report comprises two pieces of research in one report which includes the conclusions drawn from surveys and in-depth interviews with UK and Irish students. The research also tracks and analyses trends over time in student flows between the UK and Ireland, with data reflecting a period from 2017-2022. The report can be accessed here.

In addition to the research, British Council Ireland also produced a Higher Education Information Guide: UK Ireland which offers students (and universities) free useful information and links to support higher education mobility. The guide can be accessed here.

Gill Roe of Southern Cross Consulting and British Council Education Strategy & Special Projects Lead, John McNamara, presented highlights of the qualitative research on UK to Ireland student flows in an online Country Learning Session on 25 October 2023.

Similarly, in 2022 British Council Ireland presented the first stage of this research in an online Country Learning Session on Ireland to UK flows.

Both the 2023 and 2022 Country Learning Sessions can be found below.

If you would like to find out more or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@ie.britishcouncil.org