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Brexit and the School

In the wake of the recent EU referendum find out what it means for the University, and what our academics are saying.

Although this is a period of uncertainty, the School and the wider University are robust institutions, well-equipped to withstand political and economic shocks. The contributions made by staff and students as non-UK EU nationals are fundamental to the life and work of the School and the wider University community. There is no immediate, material change for our staff, students or EU-funded programmes. As things currently stand, there will be no change for existing and future EU students arriving in 16/17 and 17/18 for the duration of their studies. We will keep you informed of developments affecting the School.

University Responses

How will the results of the EU referendum affect the University, its staff and students? The EU News website aims to address many of the immediate questions surrounding the debate:

The University of Edinburgh | EU News

Academic Responses

Academics from the School are playing an active role in working with government and informing public debate. Find out more about what our acdemics are saying:

The Centre on Constitutional Change |  European Futures

External Organisation Responses

Universities UK FAQs for Universities and Students

The EU referendum outcome will not lead to any immediate change to the immigration status of current EU students or those about to start a course in the coming academic year (2016–17). "

Joint Statement from Scottish Government and Universities Scotland

"The Scottish Government and Universities Scotland share the objective of enabling Scotland to continue to play a full role in European research programmes."

Statement from Research Councils UK 

The UK Government continues to recognise the importance of international research collaboration and we are committed to working with them to ensure the UK maintains its position as a global research nation, open to the world.

Statement from the European Commission 

“Until the UK leaves the EU, EU law will continue to apply to and within the UK, both when it comes to rights and obligations. This included the eligibility of UK legal entities to participate and receive funding in Horizon 2020 actions.”

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