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Triggering of Article 50 - update on Brexit

Mar 29, 2017

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Vikki Goddard

Dear Colleagues

As you will be aware, the Prime Minister has today triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty. This signifies 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 there will be no immediate change for universities, we know many staff and students may have concerns.

We have created a staff Brexit page within the HR webpages which will be updated regularly.  Details of support for colleagues is outlined within this page.

Many of your students may also have questions and you can find answers to a range of FAQS for both students and staff on The Universities UK (UUK) website

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. Please be assured that we will continue to lobby through UUK to ensure these are translated into firm policy positions.

Immediate priorities for UUK are to seek confirmation of the rights of EU nationals currently working in the sector to continue to live and work here and for EU students starting courses in 2018/19 and 2019/20 to remain eligible for home fee status and any loans and grants. You can read their full briefing paper here

If anyone has any concerns at all, for staff contact or email HR Advice. For any student enquiries, our askUS desk will be happy to help.

Kind regards

 

Vikki Goddard, Chief Operating Officer