Latest Publications

Position Papers

Proposals for the European Health Data Space

Position paper on European Health Data Space | 28 June 2021
To address the obstacles data-intensive medical research is facing, The Guild presents recommendations for the European Commission to shape the EHDS.

Proposals for the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe

Position paper on EU Pharmaceutical Strategy | 15 September 2020
In response to the European Commission consultation, The Guild’s Health Deans advocate for the development of a framework that would facilitate the pursuit of multinational clinical studies within the EU.

Recommendations for developing the European Education Area

Position paper on EEA | 13 July 2020
The Guild provides guiding principles for strengthening teaching and learning at the European level.


The Guild calls for strengthening of Academic Freedom

Statement on Academic Freedom | 17 June 2021

As a core principle of the EU, academic freedom must be protected vigorously and decisively by the Commission and all EU institutions. The Guild urges for the creation of a European Ombudsperson for the defence and support of academic freedom.

Which way forward for the European University alliances?

Statement on European Universities | 25 May 2021

Collaboration within the European Universities initiative needs to grow bottom-up, based on the alliances’ distinctive strategies. Innovation and originality can flourish only by developing new practices in universities and overcoming national obstacles.

The EU’s emerging Pact for Research and Innovation should meet the expectations of the research sector

Statement on European Research Area | 27 April 2021

The Guild considers it critical that the Pact for Research and Innovation will prominently address the key question that ERA was founded on: how to strengthen Europe’s research capacity.

Insight Papers

Reimagining Research-led Education in a Digital Age

Insight Paper 3 on the future of research-led education | 4 June 2021
In this insight paper, Jo Angouri (University of Warwick) provides a framework for reimagining research-led education in a digital age, seeking to open a conversation between universities, European policy bodies, the EU and national governments.

Looking to the Future: The Guild's Vision for Europe's Universities

Insight Paper 2 on the future of Europe's universities | 19 October 2020
In this insight paper, presidents of The Guild’s universities set out a vision for Europe’s universities over the next ten years.

Developing equal, mutually beneficial partnerships with African universities: recommendations for a new European collaboration strategy

Insight Paper 1 on European collaboration strategy with Africa | 18 February 2020
In this insight paper, Professor Peter Maassen (University of Oslo) outlines in detail the particular need for investment in African research-intensive universities.

Annual Reports

The Guild at 21

Annual Report 2020-2021 | 15 July 2021
In 2020-2021, The Guild network grew by one new member, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the most highly ranked university on the Iberian Peninsula. Amidst the changes the pandemic has brought, the Guild’s Presidents reflected the key trends and challenges facing Europe’s universities in the coming decade.

A Year of Transitions & Opportunities

Annual Report 2019-2020 | 10 June 2020
The document looks back at the key areas of engagement of The Guild network, and gives an overview of its working groups and activities. More broadly, the annual report reflects on the network’s achievements and looks at the challenges lying ahead.

Three Years On 

Annual Report 2016-2019 | 11 December 2019
The document gives an overview of The Guild’s activities since it was founded in 2016. Additionally, the report showcases The Guild’s engagement with key policy areas as well as its collaborative working groups on topics such as Open Science, Innovation and the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.