UWS is a global institution. We’re proud to host 1,200 students and over 100 staff from European Union countries.
Inevitably, we are also involved in multiple partnerships and research projects which have EU elements.
So – like most of the higher education sector – we were disappointed when the UK voted to leave the union. We are, however, working hard to ensure a positive Brexit outcome as it affects the university.
Above all, we’re determined to protect the interests of our students and staff.
In December 2017, the UK Government presented the terms of phase one of the Brexit deal and agreement on EU citizens’ rights, which will be of interest and importance to those EU colleagues working in HE in the UK.
The University values the contribution of our EU staff and students to the culture and vitality of our institution and our wider society and I reaffirm our commitment to supporting our EU colleagues and students from the EU27 states as ‘phase two’ of the negotiations commence. Universities UK has reported that it sees the ‘phase one’ exit deal, reported in December, as positive news for universities and provides some welcome progress on a number of issues, in particular that an agreement has finally been reached on citizens' rights, which has long been universities' first priority for Brexit negotiations.
the announcement means that the 46,000 EU nationals working across the UK university sector have clarity that they can remain and work in the UK and gain settled status. We also welcome the confirmation that people with settled status will be able to spend up to five consecutive years outside the UK without losing this status. It is positive news that the budget settlement reached means that UK universities, students and researchers will continue to be able to participate in valuable programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ until at least the end date of current programmes.”Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of UUK
Separately, but also importantly, the UK Government has promised a new and simpler application process for EU citizens seeking ‘settled status’ in the UK after Brexit. We will be closely following these agreements in ‘The Joint Report’ of the UK/EU negotiators and how this influences negotiations during 'phase two' and in the 'Final Agreement.’ which currently foresee the protection of citizens’ rights after March 2019.