What does Brexit mean for Universities?

The votes counted. A decision made. The UK has decided to leave the European Union. But what does this mean for universities? Universities UK have put together answers to some key questions.

Will the UK university sector’s participation in EU programmes change?

There will be no immediate changes to EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty foresees a two-year negotiation process between the UK and other Member States. During this time the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union will be decided.

For Students

How are our current EU students affected?

Their immigration status, associated fee status and access to the student loan book, hasn’t changed. This will remain the case until the Government decides otherwise

What does this result mean for EU students with a place to start in academic year 2016/17 and 2017/18

There is no reason to assume any change to their immigration status or access to student loan book.

– Universities UK is liaising with the Home Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Institutions are advised to check both websites for updates from the UK Government. 

Will EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme need a visa?

Their immigration status has not changed. They continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grant for as long as we remain a member of the EU and could well be extended beyond this.

Will UK students studying in the EU and elsewhere under the Erasmus programme need a visa?

Their immigration status has not changed. They continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grant until at least as long as we remain a member of the EU and could well be extended beyond this.

– Universities UK is liaising with the British Council as National Agency for Erasmus+. Institutions are advised to check the Erasmus+ websites for updates.

For Staff

What does this outcome mean for EU staff?

Their immigration status has not changed. This will remain the case until the Government decides otherwise.

How are staff currently undertaking EU funded projects affected by the result?

The UK’s status as a full participating member of the Horizon 2020 programme has not changed. Existing project grants and contracts will be honoured unless or until advised otherwise.

– Universities UK is liaising with the UK Research Office and the European Commission. Advice on prospective and currently negotiated projects will be circulated as soon as is possible

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