EU referendum

Information for staff and students following the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

There is no immediate, material change for staff, students and EU-funded programmes following the UK referendum vote on 23 June 2016. The University’s aims and values have not changed.

The University had a contingency plan in place in case of Brexit and is liaising with sector organisations - Universities UK, Universities Scotland, Russell Group – and directly with governments to bring as much clarity as possible, as early as possible.  We will use this page to report on changes in the situation as things become clearer. 

The University is lobbying for the fullest possible continuity of asset arrangements when Brexit eventually happens, underlining how and why we benefit from mobility and collaboration across borders. Senior Vice Principal, Professor Charlie Jeffery has said that we will redouble our commitment to European and global engagement – through the League of European Research Universities (LERU), partnerships, new recruitment activity and alumni voices.

Both the School and University have held 'town hall'  meetings to report developments and gather feedback on the issues that need to be addressed. Here are the slides from the School meeting held 29 June 2016:

Business as usual

  • The Home Office has announced that there has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the referendum.
  • There has been no change in current fees or funding arrangements for EU students starting in 2016 and the Scottish Government has confirmed that there will be no change for 2017 (students should apply in the usual way and will be kept up to date with any developments).
  • The UK’s membership of the European Higher Education Area is unaffected by its EU status.
  • Our School has already received news of a successful EU grant bid, since Brexit was announced.

Monitoring and feedback

The School will continue to monitor the situation.  In particular we will be looking at numbers of funding applications and success/rejection rates. If you do experience what you feel is BREXIT-inspired discrimination in applying for funding etc please let your Head of Institute know.  We intend to monitor such incidents and will use this information in lobbying for greater certainty going forward.

Where do I go for the latest information?

The University has set up a microsite, EU news, for staff, current students and applicants, which is updated regularly. It includes a list of the latest developments: statements and discussions around the EU referendum result.