EU Ref Update

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  • Universities UK and Universities Scotland Brexit updates

    October 2016
    The Scottish and UK Governments have made recent announcements concerning EU students’ fee status post Brexit, support for EU structural and investment fund projects post-Brexit as well as a number of inquiries and committee hearings.

  • Following the results of the UK’s 2016 EU referendum, it is clear that there will be some impact on all UK universities. The extent of any changes is still to be confirmed at this point.  A number of announcements concerning the possible effects on UK universities, including UWS, have been made and more will follow in the months and years ahead. This section of our site is designed to provide up-to-date information on the impact of the ongoing BREXIT discussions and negotiations.

    Message from Professor Craig Mahoney on the EU Referendum result

    Initial communication from UWS Principal outlining the University’s commitment to supporting staff from Europe currently working at UWS and those students currently studying, or intending to study, at UWS in the future.

    • Funding for EU students
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      Following consultation between Scotland’s Higher Education institutions, Universities Scotland and the Scottish Government it was confirmed on Friday 1 July that there will be no change for session 2016/17 to the current funding arrangements for eligible EU students. This means that eligible EU students will continue to have access to free tuition, including tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). To see more click here.

      Funding arrangements for students who plan to study in Scotland from 2017/18, and beyond, are still to be determined.

    • Note on immigration status of EU students
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      Current EU students' immigration status and associated fee status, as well as their access to the student loan book, have not changed as a result of the EU Referendum. This will remain the case until the Government decides otherwise.
    • Note on immigration status of Erasmus students
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      EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme: their immigration status has not changed, and they continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grant until at least as long as we remain a member of the EU and possibly beyond that point.

      UK students studying in the EU and elsewhere under the Erasmus programme: their immigration status has not changed, and they continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grant until at least as long as we remain a member of the EU and possibly beyond that point.

    • Note on immigration status of EU staff working at UWS
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      EU staff immigration status has not changed as a result of the vote. This will remain the case until the Government decides otherwise.
    • Note on EU-funded projects
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      All staff currently undertaking EU funded projects: the UK’s status as a full participating member of the Horizon 2020 programme has not changed as a result of the referendum vote. Existing project grants and contracts will be honoured unless or until advised otherwise. Detailed advice on prospective and currently negotiated projects will be circulated as soon as is possible by Universities UK.
    • Universities UK statement on the outcome of the EU referendum
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      Statement from Dame Julia Goodfellow, President of Universities UK.

      Joint Statement: Scottish Government and Universities Scotland on EU Staff and Research  

      Joint statement from the Scottish Government and Universities Scotland makes clear the valued contribution of EU researchers to the Scottish research sector as well as to the economy, society and culture


  • UWS Principal and Vice-Chancellor raises concerns about proposed immigration curbs

    Proposed curbs on immigration announced by Home Secretary Amber Rudd could cause “severe and long-lasting damage” to Higher Education, the UWS Principal and Vice-Chancellor has warned. Professor Craig Mahoney raised his concerns after the Home Secretary unveiled plans to restrict students coming to the UK. Find out more.