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.

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,


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.

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.

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.

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