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.
EU Settlement Scheme Pilot
- Eligible staff wishing to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme pilot can do so by accessing this link: apply-for-eu-settled-status.homeoffice.gov.uk.
- 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.
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.”
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.