EU Exit

Read our Lancaster University EU Referendum statement here

As a globally focused institution, Lancaster University is committed to continue its tradition as a welcoming, diverse and international community that comprises staff and students from 142 countries around the world. As we have seen in the months since the referendum vote, the process of leaving the EU will be gradual and there will be opportunities for universities to seek assurances and influence future policy – something with which the senior management team at Lancaster is actively engaged. The University will continue to work with government and policy makers as the UK exits the EU in order to protect the best interests of our staff and students, and to ensure Lancaster continues to be a welcoming destination for the brightest and best minds.
In taking forward this work our key priorities are:

  • Securing clarity in respect of staff members’ indefinite right to remain
  • Securing clarity on any changes to EU students’ visa arrangements and any indefinite right to remain or indefinite leave to remain which may be extended to them
  • Securing certainty on the fees, funding and post-study work arrangements for EU applicants seeking to enter into 2018 and after
  • Securing continued UK participation in Horizon 2020 and subsequent framework programmes, the European Research Council and understanding any potential future opportunities relating to EU infrastructure funds
  • Building and strengthening our existing relationships with our partner universities in Europe

Staff retention

The Lancaster position

Retention of staff is a key priority and the University has put in place immigration and related workshops and an interest free loan to support employees and their families with the costs associated with obtaining permanent residency in the UK. The situation regarding staff is being kept under close review, and any member of staff who feels anxious are encouraged to use the University’s Employee Assistance Programme for additional support.

The current situation

At this stage no decision has yet been taken by the government on how EU nationals will be considered once the UK leaves the EU. However, the government has made clear that it intends to negotiate for reciprocal rights which would see EU nationals being granted leave to remain in the UK and UK nationals in other member states receiving equivalent rights. However, existing EU staff have a continuing right of residency as things stand at present, and this is likely to remain the case.

Student information

The Lancaster position

The University continues to welcome and encourage applications from around the world, including from EU member states. Immediately following the referendum, the University confirmed that it has no plans to change the published 2016/17 tuition fees for EU students and that EU students who are registered at the University in 2016/17 (either as a new or continuing student) will continue to be charged the home rate for tuition fees for all subsequent years of their programme.

The current situation

The UK Government has confirmed that students entering in 2017-18 will also benefit from the existing fee and support arrangements. Information for students and prospective students will be updated regularly as information becomes available from government.

EU sources of Research Funding

The Lancaster position

Maintaining and building our collaborative partnerships across Europe is a key priority for Lancaster University - we are committed to our involvement in the European research landscape, and will make every effort to ensure its continuity and success. In recognition of the fact that the Treasury has confirmed that Horizon research funding granted before the UK leaves the EU will be guaranteed by the Treasury until the relevant project concludes, we will continue to participate actively in such funding programmes.

The current situation

The UK is still a member of the EU, and this membership will continue until the conclusion of exit negotiations, which will take at least two years to complete. At this point UK researchers are still entitled to apply for EU funding, and Research Services at Lancaster will continue to offer full development and support for new applications.

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