Brexit: Our Commitment to European Students
Today, the Prime Minister will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which will mark the formal start of negotiations on the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Today’s political activity may heighten concerns for AECC’s EU staff and students. However, it is important to stress that the UK will remain a member of the EU for the next two years and that there will be no immediate change for universities and university colleges.
Our EU staff and students are incredibly valuable members of the AECC community and contribute to our rich, cosmopolitan and diverse culture. So rest assured that in the coming months we will continue working with organisations such as GuildHE to ensure the best possible outcomes for the sector, for AECC and most importantly, for our staff and students.
At the moment, many questions about the implications of Brexit for higher education are difficult to answer, as they depend on the outcome of negotiations and what kind of relationship the UK agrees with the EU. However, Universities UK has tried to address as many questions as possible. You can read these questions and answers on UUK’s Brexit site: http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/policy-and-analysis/brexit/Pages/brexit-faqs.aspx. GuildHe has also provided input to ensure that the interests of small and specialist higher education institutions are not forgotten: http://www.guildhe.ac.uk/blog/guildhe-responds-to-house-of-commons-education-committee-brexit-inquiry/.
Most importantly, the AECC’s commitment to our European students, colleagues and partners has not and will not change.