Corona Virus: Consequences for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) projects and related activities

  • The Commission understands that the current containment measures taken at national level may have consequences on MSCA projects.
  • This may concern the regular mobility activities of MSCA fellows and other project staff as well as the participation of individuals in meetings and events organised by beneficiaries in the framework of MSCA projects.
  • To respond to these uncertainties, the European Commission is applying the maximum flexibility in the implementation of the programme, within the limits of the applicable legal framework.
  • The Research Executive Agency (REA) has informed all project coordinators about the possibility to invoke the “force majeure” clauses: REA will assess the circumstances on a case-by-case basis.
  • Project coordinators should liaise with their Project Officer as soon as possible to notify them of the situation and receive support.
  • The Commission is monitoring this situation very closely and will adopt any additional measure that may become necessary.

Populist Radical Left Parties in Western Europe by Marco Damiani

Populist Radical Left Parties in Western Europe by Marco Damiani

This book provides a comparative analysis and a systemic categorization of the Populist Radical Left Parties (PRLPs) in Western Europe.

Institutional and socio-economic aspects have transformed the political culture of many modern democracies, leading to the creation of radical left-wing parties who, by combining a strongly populist political offer with the historical demands of the traditional left wing, are capable of electoral success. This book analyzes a range of different Populist Radical Left Parties (PRLPs) in Western Europe through in-depth case studies. The author uses statutes, internal documents, programs, election results, membership data, and international political literature combined with interviews with executives and national secretaries to describe and interpret the main features of PRLPs, their paths of formation and political transformation.

More info: Routledge

The UK’s points-based immigration system – University researchers

Johnson’s government wants a “points-based system” – a minimum of 70 points – which takes different key skills into account when giving visas, which would allow people to find a job in the UK.

Among these factors, it is necessary to have proof both a job offer from an employer and an appropriate English level. That will get an applicant to 50 points.

Moreover, the applicant will have to earn at least £25,600 – not applicable for the job in which the UK has a shortage – in order to get 20 points.

As for university researchers, the future applicant could be also gain extra points for having higher qualifications, e.g., 10 points for a relevant Ph.D.; or 20 points for a Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering, or maths.

More info here

Source: BBC

Research Impact

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