EU statement

Post-Brexit is an ever-changing situation. Below you can find the Brexit statement from our Principal, our commitment to diversity and supporting our students, staff and alumni, and find out more about latest updates.

EU referendum result advice

On Wednesday 29 March 2017, the UK triggered Article 50 and began the process of leaving the European Union.  A negotiation process requiring the involvement of all 27 remaining Member States and the European Commission is currently taking place, looking at all the agreements that have been reached during the UK’s 40-year membership of the EU.

Many of you will have strong emotions about the decision to leave the EU and concerns about what it will mean for the future of our continent, our country and our University College. Our University College is a community of international scholarship which includes many citizens of other EU countries.

Brexit message from the Principal

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union is a landmark moment in the nation’s history. It has significant implications for the UK and EU and has understandably left students, staff and the wider University-College community with questions that cannot be easily answered.

A Written Ministerial Statement was tabled in Parliament early July 2018 setting out (a) eligibility rules for EU students starting their courses in England in the 2019/20 academic year from 1 August 2019 onwards (b) unchanged maximum fees for undergraduate courses for the 2019/20 academic year in England.

The statement confirms that eligibility rules for students from the European Union, and their family members, who commence courses in England in the Academic Year starting in August 2019 will remain unchanged.


"EU nationals will remain eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for the duration of their course under the current eligibility rules".

For further clarity please read the statement here

The statement also provides clarity on freezing of tuition fees and introduces maximum tuition fees and fee loans:

"maximum tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year in England will be maintained at the levels that apply in the 2018/19 academic year, the second year in succession that fees have been frozen. Freezing maximum fees at 2018/19 levels will save students up to £255 in 2019/20"

The AECC University College remains committed to diversity and will continue to work with and support staff, students, alumni and partners from the EU. Their contribution to our community and society as a whole is invaluable.

Haymo Thiel,


EU Settlement Scheme Update

The latest information on the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens in the UK has been released by the UK Government Home Office. 

The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union set out information for EU citizens and their family members in the UK in the event of a no deal exit from the EU.

The UK Government:

  • Confirms that if there is no deal, the EU Settlement Scheme will continue to be implemented, enabling EU citizens and their family members living in the UK by 29 March 2019 to secure their status and continue to be able to work, study, and access benefits and services in the UK on the same basis after we exit the EU as they do now. The scheme will be fully open by 30 March 2019 as planned.


  • Confirms that the Home Office will continue to look to grant status rather than refuse and in line with the UK commitment to be more generous in certain respects than the draft Withdrawal Agreement, a person will not be refused status under the EU Settlement Scheme because, for example, they are not economically active or they do not hold comprehensive sickness insurance.

There would be some changes to the EU Settlement Scheme if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and further details are set out in the policy document.

In particular, as there will be no agreed implementation period, the application deadline will be brought forward to 31 December 2020.

You do not need to do anything for now. The EU Settlement Scheme will be fully open by 30 March 2019.

Further information about the scheme can be found on GOV.UK.

 EU Settlement Scheme Pilot


  • Eligible staff wishing to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme pilot can do so by accessing this link:

  • Thursday 6 December 2018, the Government confirmed that even if there is no deal, the EU Settlement Scheme will continue to be implemented as planned. This will enable EU citizens and their family members living in the UK to secure their status and continue to live, work and study in the UK on the same basis as they do now.

  • Please also note the current pilot will close on 21 December. Anyone wishing to take part has until midnight on 21 December to make their application. Any application submitted by the deadline will be considered. The Home Office then plans to make further improvements to the scheme before it opens fully by 30 March 2019.

Our current students

Sam Gyimah,  Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation has confirmed that there will be no immediate changes to the immigration status of EU students. The UK’s vote to leave the EU will not lead to any immediate change to the tuition fees paid by current EU students studying at UK universities – EU students will continue to be entitled to pay the same fees as UK students for the duration of their study (visit our fees section for more information).

EU students who are currently eligible to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so until they finish their course.

Find out more advice for students on post-Brexit rules and entitlements

Our applicants

As of 21 April 2017, the Department for Education released a statement announcing:

“EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university or further education institution in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UKs exit from the EU.”

find out more advice for prospective students on post-brexit rules and ENTITLEMENT

Our staff

The Government has confirmed that in the short term, there will be no changes to UK visa policies for university staff currently employed by, or applying to work in UK universities.

The Government have also confirmed there will be no immediate change to the UK’s higher education sector’s ability to participate in EU research and innovation programmes such as Horizon 2020. Until the UK’s participation in European science programmes is agreed as part of the exit negotiations, the UK will continue to be eligible to apply for EU research grants and take part in EU programmes.

You may also be aware that the government has launched a pilot scheme for EU citizens working in Higher Education, Health and Social Care sectors in the UK to apply for settlement before the actual scheme is launched on 29 March 2019. The scheme opens on 15 November 2018.

When the scheme fully opens to all EU citizens living in the UK in 2019, there will be a 2 year grace period for current EU citizens in the UK to apply for settled status up to the 29th March 2021 when the UK exits the EU.

Read more about the details of the pilot and eligibility here

Discover further details of the settlement scheme and how to apply


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