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How does the national EU referendum held on 23 June 2016 affect current and prospective university students and staff?

Published: 27/06/2016 17:25

Read the latest Brexit FAQs from Universities UK, published on 3 October 2016.

On 23 June 2016 a national referendum was held in the UK on whether to remain a member of the European Union (EU) or leave. The outcome was a 52% vote in favour of leaving the EU.

The university fully accepts the outcome of the EU referendum. Our priority now is to work in this new environment to ensure we achieve the best outcomes for our staff, students and the wider community, and will continue to keep them updated as the situation progresses.

Though the timescale is uncertain, the process of leaving the EU will not happen quickly. For the immediate future, therefore, the UK remains a member of the EU.

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science issued a statement on 11 October that EU students starting in 2017/18 will be able to access student finance for the duration of their degree in the UK. Read the statement.
 
How does this affect members of university staff from EU countries?
Their immigration status has not changed as a result of the vote. This will remain the case until the Government decides otherwise.

How does this affect prospective EU students with a place to start university in 2016/17?
All existing conditions of their offer will remain for EU students who are intending to study at the University of Gloucestershire, starting in the academic year 2016/17.

How does this affect current EU students studying at the university?
Their immigration status and associated fee status, as well as access to the student loan, has not changed as a result of the vote. This will remain the case until the Government decides otherwise.

How does this affect EU students studying at the university under the Erasmus programme? 
Their immigration status has not changed, and they will continue to be eligible for the Erasmus grant until at least as long as we remain a member of the EU and could well be extended beyond this.

How does this affect 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 the Erasmus grant until at least as long as we remain a member of the EU and could well be extended beyond this.

What next?
There will now be a process of negotiation between the UK and the EU member states. The University of Gloucestershire values the important contribution made by its EU staff and students and will continue to offer full support to all affected.

Keeping you informed…
Universities UK will be liaising closely with the UK Government, the European Commission and other relevant agencies to seek further clarification. Read the Universities UK statement on the outcome of the EU referendum.