To all staff and studnets
As you will be aware, the Prime Minister has announced that she plans to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty next Wednesday 29 March 2017. This will signify the formal start of the two-year negotiation for the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union.
While 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 – we know that people have many questions about what the future may hold.
Frequently asked questions
Many of the questions about the implications of Brexit for higher education are difficult to answer as they will depend on the outcome of the negotiations and what kind of relationship the UK agrees with the EU. The UUK website has a Brexit FAQs webpage which you may find useful.
- Will UK universities still be able to employ staff from other EU countries?
- Will EU students still be able to study at UK universities?
- Will EU students continue to be eligible to receive loans and grants?
- What about students participating in the Erasmus+ exchange programme?
- Will the UK continue to have access to EU funding for research and innovation such as Horizon 2020 and European Structural and Investment Funds?
The Government’s recent White Paper on Brexit principles included some relatively positive signals in relation to the value of international talent and international collaboration for universities. However, there are as yet no formal policy proposals or negotiating positions confirmed on the key issues for universities. Through our membership of UUK and Universities Wales, WGU is helping to shape this debate. The two most immediate priorities that we are urging Government to take action to address are:
- Confirmation of rights to reside and work in the UK post-exit for EU nationals that are currently working in the university sector and their dependents
- Confirmation that EU students starting a course in 2018/19 and 2019/20 will continue to be eligible for home fee status, and be eligible for loans and grants (2017 EU entrants already have this guarantee and this message should be reinforced with partners as often as possible)