EU Referendum

Following the outcome of the EU referendum, the University would like to reassure prospective students, existing students and staff. Barring unilateral action from the UK Government, the vote to leave the European Union does not mean there will be any immediate material change to the UK university sector’s participation in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+, nor to the immigration status of current and prospective EU students and staff.

Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty foresees a two-year negotiation process between the UK and other Member States, during which time the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union will be decided.

 In the meantime, we can expect the following:

For current EU students: your immigration status and associated fee status, as well as access to student loans, have not changed as a result of the vote. This will remain the case until the Government decides otherwise.

EU students with a place to start in academic year 2016/17 and 2017/18: At this stage there is no reason to assume any change to your immigration status or access to student loans.

EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme: Your immigration status has not changed, and you continue to be eligible for your Erasmus grant until at least as long as we remain a member of the EU and could well be extended beyond this.

UK students studying in the EU and elsewhere under the Erasmus programme: Your immigration status has not changed, and you continue to be eligible for your Erasmus grant until at least as long as we remain a member of the EU and could well be extended beyond this.

For EU staff:

Your immigration status has not changed as a result of the vote. This will remain the case until the Government decides otherwise.

All staff currently undertaking EU funded projects: The UK’s status as a full participating member of the Horizon 2020 programme has not changed as a result of the referendum vote and existing project grants and contracts will be honoured unless or until advised otherwise.

UUK (the group representing UK universities) is liaising with the UK Research Office and the European Commission and detailed advice on prospective and currently negotiated projects will be circulated to Universities as soon as is possible.

Publication date: 24 June 2016