This morning, the final result of the referendum asking whether the UK should remain within the EU or leave the EU was announced. A small majority of voters were in favour of leaving, and the UK government has already indicated that this outcome will be respected and implemented. Wrexham Glyndŵr University recognises that students or staff from other member states of the European Union may be concerned about what this means for them.
We want to reassure all of our students that your best interests are our highest priority. We will do whatever is within our power to inform and support you as the arrangements for the UK to leave the EU are developed and implemented over the coming months and years.
In particular, we can assure those of our current students paying EU-level fees and incoming EU students for 2016/17 that they will not be financially disadvantaged during their time at our University as a result of the referendum outcome, regardless of the timing of the UK’s exit from the EU. We will also reassure our partners in EU countries on this.
The vote to leave the European Union does not mean there will be any immediate material change to the immigration status of current and prospective EU students and staff, nor to the UK university sector’s participation in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty foresees at least a two-year negotiation process between the UK and other member states, during which time the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union will be decided. Prime Minister David Cameron stated this morning that this process would be initiated and led by his successor, which may be some months away.
Whatever the future landscape will look like, Wrexham Glyndŵr University will remain international in its outlook and will cherish educational, research, cultural and economic links. Personally, as an EU citizen who has lived and worked across different countries including Wales, I am committed to retaining and expanding such links for mutual benefit.
We will be monitoring developments very closely and will attempt to provide you with as much information as we can, as promptly as we can via our website and appropriate channels.
Professor Maria Hinfelaar
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive