EU statement

Read the University College Brexit message from our Principal and find out more about the EU referendum and our commitment to diversity, continuing to work with and support staff, students, alumni and partners from the EU.

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.

The UK Government and the European Commission have this week started formal negotiations on the UK’s exit from the EU. Lead negotiators David Davis and Michel Barnier are likely to focus firstly on the process and timetable for discussions, before moving to the ‘phase one’ issues – the reciprocal right of EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens in other EU countries, the UK's ’divorce bill’ and the Northern Ireland border.



It is unlikely that any detailed discussion on key developments of relevance to universities will be featuring at this early stage. Universities UK has published a set of five priorities for exit negotiations. 

In the short term however, as the government decides the best way forward and negotiates the terms of the UK’s exit, we do not anticipate any disruption to the employment of our staff or the education of our students. 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,


Our current students

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, 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).

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.”

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.

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, has 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.

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.

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