Frequently asked questions

Browse questions and answers for staff and students.

If you can't find the information you need, email us at: eu@sheffield.ac.uk

Health and Wellbeing

We appreciate that the uncertainty of Brexit may have an impact on your health and wellbeing and would like to make staff aware of the support available via our Juice Health and Wellbeing platform. Please visit our dedicated Juice Health and Wellbeing pages for more information.


For staff

Current and prospective staff

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Immigration

What does Brexit mean for my status as a non-UK EU/EEA EFTA member of staff (current or prospective)?

The UK is due to exit the EU on 29 March 2019. The latest update from the government sets out that the Exit Date is due to change based on an agreement with the EU Council. This change is still to be implemented. If we have an agreed withdrawal agreement with the EU, the status of colleagues from other EU/EEA EFTA countries working in the University will broadly remain the same as now until the end of the transition/implementation period, currently set to end 31 December 2020.

Colleagues who have arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020 will also be able to stay in the UK after the end of transition/implementation period. You will need to confirm your residency status by applying for the government's EU Settlement Scheme. You will need to apply for either 'pre-settled status' or 'settled status', depending on the length of your continuous residence in the UK.

The government states that "getting settled status or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme means you can continue to live and work in the UK after 31 December 2020". The government intends for the EU Settlement Scheme to be open fully by 30 March 2019; with 30 June 2021 as the deadline for applying. There may however be exceptions to this deadline if an individual is joining a family member with settled or pre-settled status in the UK.

The government announced on Tuesday 21 January that there will be no fee for the Settlement Scheme when the scheme opens fully. Anyone who has applied already, or who applies and pays a fee during the test phases, will have their fee refunded (details of the refunds process will be published shortly by government).

Find out more about the settled status scheme on the government web pages.

Browse questions on the EU Settlement Scheme.

EEA EFTA

The government has confirmed it has reached an agreement with "Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway which protects the rights of our citizens who have chosen to call each other’s countries home, as well as resolving a small number of other issues arising from the UK’s exit from the EU. This agreement largely mirrors the Withdrawal Agreement agreed with the EU".

The government has also reached a similar agreement on citizen's rights with Switzerland.

What about if there's a 'no deal' situation?

In the event of a no deal scenario, the government has stated that the EU Settlement Scheme will still be implemented, meaning colleagues will be able to apply for settled or pre-settled status to guarantee their rights to live and work in the UK post-Brexit (if you have been living in the UK by 29 March 2019). See our latest update on the news and updates page.

The government has also stated that the EU Settlement Scheme will be open to citizens from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Applications cannot be made during the next pilot phase of the scheme but can be submitted once the scheme is fully open, from 30 March 2019.

The government has set out legal provisions for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens coming to the UK after EU exit in the event of a no deal in the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19. The proposals on European Temporary Leave to Remain act as interim measures until the UK implements a new immigration system, intended to be from 2021. The Bill is not yet law and is subject to amendment.

Further help for staff members

If you are a member of staff at the University or looking to work here please view the international staff web pages for information on key issues such as the EU Settlement Scheme and other immigration and employment-related matters.

If you are looking for advice about immigration, your status or your family’s status, the University offers a range of services to support you. Including:

  • A legal helpline hosted by immigration specialists Penningtons Manches. Please contact eu@sheffield.ac.uk to book an appointment.
  • One-to-one sessions with a University HR adviser to discuss personal circumstances, which can also be booked by sending an email to eu@sheffield.ac.uk.
  • Information sessions led by immigration experts from Pennington Manches. Information about previous and upcoming sessions is available on the international staff web pages.
  • You can also send an email to eu@sheffield.ac.uk for any other Brexit-related queries you may have.

Find out more about support for non-UK EU staff

Browse questions on the EU Settlement Scheme


Research

What does Brexit mean for research funding from the EU?

Researchers should continue to apply for funding from the EU. The UK government underwrite guarantees funding for competitively bid for EU projects submitted before the UK leaves the EU, including Horizon 2020 projects. This guarantee covers the UK-element of all successful bids submitted by UK participants before the UK exits the EU on 29 March 2019 (the latest update from the government sets out that the Exit Date is due to change based on an agreement with the EU Council - this change is still to be implemented) for the full duration of the research project. 

For further information please refer to UK government statements:

Chancellor Philip Hammond guarantees EU funding beyond date UK leaves the EU

Further certainty on EU funding for hundreds of British projects

HM government's guarantee: written statement – HCWS926

What about after the UK leaves the EU?

It is expected that the UK will exit the EU on 29 March 2019. The latest update from the government sets out that the Exit Date is due to change based on an agreement with the EU Council - this change is still to be implemented. From this point to the end of the 2020 the UK and EU's intention is that the eligibility of UK researchers and businesses to participate in Horizon 2020 will remain unchanged for the remaining duration of the programme, and this has been set out in the draft withdrawal agreement, subject to it being agreed and passed by the UK and EU 27 governments.

Although it is still to be negotiated, the likelihood is that post-Brexit the UK will be able to participate in Horizon Europe (the successor to H2020) through some form of associated status. Meaning that the UK will contribute to the EU's science and innovation budget in exchange for being able to participate in research programmes on a similar basis to now.

This aspiration is set out in paragraph 11 of the political declaration (PDF, 221KB) which sets out the framework for the future relationship between the EU and the UK. This forms part of the draft withdrawal agreement and is subject to ratification.

What about if there's a 'no deal' situation?

The UK government has also provided a technical notice giving further information about the implications of a 'no deal' situation. In this scenario the government's intention is that UK organisations will be able to apply and participate in EU research grants as Third Countries with funding provided from the government, according to the underwrite guarantee.

If you have any questions about research and Brexit you can contact eu@sheffield.ac.uk.


Student and staff travel around Exit Day

The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019. The latest update from the government sets out that the Exit Date is due to change based on an agreement with the EU Council - this change is still to be implemented. In the event of a deal we expect travel to continue as normal with no additional requirements.

If you are a member of staff responsible for arranging travel for students around Exit day please ensure that you have completed a full risk assessment, notified the University’s insurance office and have given students/colleagues a contact point for queries. If you are arranging travel for yourself or other colleagues please ensure staff travelling are aware of the requirements they are under to understand and comply with the risk obligations for their own travel.

If there is no deal

UK citizens (staff and students):

If you have plans to travel to the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland on University business around the proposed Exit Day we have set out issues to take note of below. Travel between the UK and the Republic of Ireland will not be affected for UK or Irish citizens.

If there is a no-deal Brexit it is important that staff and students who are UK citizens and plan to be in any of these countries on or after the proposed Exit Day take some key actions. These are set out in the government’s Technical Notice "UK nationals travelling to the EU: essential information".

Please take the time to read this notice carefully to determine what actions you will need to take. Examples include:

  • Checking if a visa is required due to the length of your visit or the nature of your visit.
  • Checking how long your passport remains valid.
  • Obtaining a University travel insurance certificate. Checking if you need any other insurance. A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not a substitute for travel insurance and also may not be valid in a no-deal situation.
  • If you will be driving and have a British driving licence, checking what other documentation and insurance you will need to legally drive.

You may wish to consider whether any planned travel around Exit Day can be rearranged.

Non-UK EU citizens (staff and students):

If you are a non-UK EU member of staff or student travelling to Europe and back to the UK around Exit Day, we do not anticipate you will experience any problems. However, you may wish to carry some proof of residency or student status in the UK in case you are asked about your status at Border Control such as a bank statement/council tax bill or student status certificate. You can obtain a student status certificate from the SSiD website.

All staff and students:

University-instigated travel will still be covered by the University's insurance in the event of a no deal, but please check the policy to understand what will be in or out of scope of the insurance cover. For more information and specific insurance FAQs please see the University’s insurance page.

Is my EHIC still valid?

The government has advised that:

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019 (the latest update from the government sets out that the Exit Date is due to change based on an agreement with the EU Council - this change is still to be implemented), access to healthcare when visiting the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland is likely to change.

A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by the UK will still be valid until 29 March 2019. But if University-instigated travel is taking place on or after 29 March, staff should ensure they have registered for the University's travel insurance policy, or that their students are registered.

For personal travel we would recommend buying your own travel insurance to ensure you can access appropriate healthcare treatment.

For students

Current and prospective students

Jessop West


Immigration

What does Brexit mean for my status as a non-UK EU/EEA EFTA student?

If you are joining a course in 2019/20, or you are a current student, you will still be able to live and study in the UK after the UK leaves the EU. You will also continue to receive financial support for study for the duration of your course; you would still need to meet eligibility requirements for student finance.

We welcome students from all over the world, and will continue to support students from the rest of the EU to apply to study here. The future position of non-UK EU students is subject to further negotiations between the UK and EU.

The government has also stated it has reached an agreement on the rights for citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Read further information.

If there is no deal:

The government has stated that the EU Settlement Scheme will still be implemented, meaning students will be able to apply for settled or pre-settled status to guarantee their rights to live and work in the UK post-Brexit (if you have been living in the UK by 29 March 2019). See our latest update on the news and updates page. The scheme will also be open to citizens from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland once the scheme is fully open, from 30 March 2019.

Find out more about studying as an EU student in Sheffield.

The government has set out legal provisions for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens coming to the UK after EU exit in the event of a no deal in the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19. The proposals on European Temporary Leave to Remain act as interim measures until the UK implements a new immigration system, intended to be from 2021. The Bill is not yet law and is subject to amendment.

As a non-UK EU/EEA EFTA student, will I be able to stay in the UK after completing my studies?

Yes, if you have arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020, you will be able to stay to live and work in the UK after the end of transition/implementation period, according to current statements from the government.

You will need to confirm your residency status via an application for 'pre-settled status' or 'settled status'.

The length of your continuous residence in the UK will determine whether you should apply for 'pre-settled status' or 'settled status'.

The EU Settlement Scheme will open from 30 March 2019 to 30 June 2021. (There may be exceptions to this deadline if you are joining a family member with settled or pre-settled status in the UK.)

The government announced on Tuesday 21 January that there will be no fee for the Settlement Scheme when the scheme opens fully. Anyone who has applied already, or who applies and pays a fee during the test phases, will have their fee refunded (details of the refunds process will be published shortly by government).

If there is no deal:

You will be able to live in the UK even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The EU Settlement Scheme will be open to non-UK EU/EEA and Swiss citizens who are living the UK by 29 March 2019 in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Additionally, The government has set out legal provisions for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens coming to the UK after EU exit in the event of a no deal in the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19. The proposals on European Temporary Leave to Remain act as interim measures until the UK implements a new immigration system, intended to be from 2021. The Bill is not yet law and is subject to amendment.

Where can I go for more help?

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has developed information for students on Brexit which can be accessed online.

Short films about Brexit

Check these pages for immigration advice:

The Student Advice Centre

Student Advice Centre advice for EEA students and family members

Student Services Information Desk (SSiD)

After reading the information above, if you have specific questions about immigration, for you or your family, please email advice@sheffield.ac.uk to make an appointment.

What is Sheffield's view of international students?

We are an international university, and we all benefit greatly from a diverse student population. We will continue to offer a place of welcome to scholars and students from across the continent and our world.

Sheffield has a strong reputation as a diverse, vibrant and friendly city. This will not change.

Our students from around the world celebrate their own cultures and friendships in many ways, participate in volunteering activities and enjoy festivals and sports in the city centre and our beautiful Peak District National Park.

In return the city is deeply grateful for the investment and vibrancy our international students bring. They see our students training to be architects, lawyers and engineers. They see the contribution you make to our hospitals as doctors, and they know that you go on to serve the world in wonderful and important ways after graduation – taking something of Sheffield with you into the wider world.

A statement highlighting the city's commitment to international students and celebrating the positive cultural and economic impact they have on Sheffield's vibrancy was issued at the national conference of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKISA) in Sheffield (29 June – 1 July 2016).

Will I be able to work in the UK while being a student? (non-UK EU/EEA EFTA students)

Yes, the government has said that the rights of EU citizens to work in the EU will remain broadly the same after 29 March 2019 (the latest update from the government sets out that the Exit Date is due to change based on an agreement with the EU Council - this change is still to be implemented) in the eventuality of an agreed deal or even if there is no deal.


Fees and loans

What does this mean for my fees and access to student loans?

The government has announced that non-UK EU students "starting courses in England in the 2019/20 academic year will continue to be eligible for ‘home fee status’, which means they will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students (for the duration of the course). They will also be able to access financial support for the duration of their course on the same basis as is available today". We are waiting for further information for 2020 onwards.

If you're a current student, the government has previously made the same commitment for:

The announcement also states: "Financial support applies to undergraduate and postgraduate courses at English institutions, as well as postgraduate training support from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Research Councils for UK wide institutions".

If you want to find out more about fees please see our tuition fees information.


European exchange programmes

I have a compulsory period abroad in a European country as part of my course. What does this mean for me?

We would like to reassure you that we are committed to continuing our student exchanges with Europe after Brexit and will work to ensure that all students with a compulsory period abroad in Europe can complete this part of their course. We will make sure we keep you up to date with any changes that might impact on your studies and that we will support you in every way possible to achieve your academic goals. We also have exchange agreements with non-European partner universities and these will not be impacted by Brexit.

Will Erasmus+ continue?

If the UK has an agreed withdrawal agreement, we expect to remain part of Erasmus+ until the current funding period ends in 2020. The UK’s participation from 2021 onwards will be subject to further negotiation.

It is expected that the UK will exit the EU on 29 March 2019. The latest update from the government sets out that the Exit Date is due to change based on an agreement with the EU Council - this change is still to be implemented.

In a no deal situation:

I am planning to go to the University of Sheffield on exchange, how does Brexit affect me?

We intend to continue our student exchange agreements with our European partner institutions after Brexit and, therefore, will still accept incoming exchange students from other European countries. Your home institution will be able to advise on the selection process, and the availability of funding.

If you have further questions about Erasmus+ and Brexit (for example as a UK student, or a future incoming Erasmus student or Erasmus partner) please contact our Erasmus+ team: globalopps@sheffield.ac.uk.


Student and staff travel around Exit Day

The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019. The latest update from the government sets out that the Exit Date is due to change based on an agreement with the EU Council - this change is still to be implemented. In the event of a deal we expect travel to continue as normal with no additional requirements.

If there is no deal

UK citizens (staff and students):

If you have plans to travel to the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland on University business around the proposed Exit Day we have set out issues to take note of below. Travel between the UK and the Republic of Ireland will not be affected for UK or Irish citizens.

If there is a no-deal Brexit it is important that staff and students who are UK citizens and plan to be in any of these countries on or after the proposed Exit Day take some key actions. These are set out in the government’s Technical Notice "UK nationals travelling to the EU: essential information".

Please take the time to read this notice carefully to determine what actions you will need to take. Examples include:

  • Checking if a visa is required due to the length of your visit or the nature of your visit.
  • Checking how long your passport remains valid.
  • Obtaining a University travel insurance certificate. Checking if you need any other insurance. A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not a substitute for travel insurance and also may not be valid in a no-deal situation.
  • If you will be driving and have a British driving licence, checking what other documentation and insurance you will need to legally drive.

You may wish to consider whether any planned travel around Exit Day can be rearranged.

Non-UK EU citizens (staff and students):

If you are a non-UK EU member of staff or student travelling to Europe and back to the UK around Exit Day, we do not anticipate you will experience any problems. However, you may wish to carry some proof of residency or student status in the UK in case you are asked about your status at Border Control such as a bank statement/council tax bill or student status certificate. You can obtain a student status certificate from the SSiD website.

All staff and students:

University-instigated travel will still be covered by the University's insurance in the event of a no deal, but please check the policy to understand what will be in or out of scope of the insurance cover. For more information and specific insurance FAQs please see the University’s insurance page.

Is my EHIC still valid?

The government has advised that:

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019, access to healthcare when visiting the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland is likely to change. The latest update from the government sets out that the Exit Date is due to change based on an agreement with the EU Council - this change is still to be implemented.

A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by the UK will still be valid until 29 March 2019. But if University-instigated travel is taking place on or after 29 March, students should ensure they have registered for the University's travel insurance policy.

For personal travel we would recommend buying your own travel insurance to ensure you can access appropriate healthcare treatment.

Information on these pages is accurate to the best of the University's knowledge and based on advice from the UK government and national bodies for universities. However, we reserve the right to update and amend information as we seek further clarification on questions arising from the referendum.