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 by 31 October 2019 at the latest, or earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is approved. 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". 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.

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?

The UK is due to exit the EU by 31 October 2019 at the latest, or earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is approved.

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 Exit Day).

The EU Settlement Scheme is open to citizens from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The government has published guidance on European Temporary Leave to Remain, which covers the immigration arrangements for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who move to the UK after Brexit if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. 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. 

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 Eversheds. 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. 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.

You can also make an appointment to get your or your family's ID documents scanned and verified at:

Howden House
1 Union Street
Sheffield
S1 2SH
Email: customerservices@sheffield.gov.uk

More information about government document scanning locations

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 for the full duration of the research project. The UK is due to exit the EU by 31 October 2019 at the latest, or earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is approved.

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?

The UK is due to exit the EU by 31 October 2019 at the latest, or earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is approved. 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 revised political declaration (PDF) 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 provided guidance giving further information about the implications of a 'no deal' situation. The government has committed to guarantee funding for all successful competitive UK bids to Horizon 2020 that are submitted before we leave the EU, if there’s a no-deal Brexit.

The guarantee also covers all successful competitive UK bids to Horizon 2020 calls open to third-country participation submitted between Brexit and the end of 2020. Both the guarantee and extension commit funding to UK Horizon 2020 participants for the lifetime of projects.   

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 exit the EU by 31 October 2019 at the latest, or earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is approved. 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 & non-UK EU citizens where this would apply (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, or non-UK EU citizens where these elements also apply, 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 Visit Europe after Brexit webpage. Please take the time to read this 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. The European Parliament has approved a proposal for reciprocal visa-free access for EU and UK nationals, with UK nationals exempt from visa requirements for short stays in the EU. Please note the visa exemption does not provide for the right to work in the EU. Business travel includes activities such as travelling for meetings and conferences. Information about how to get a visa if you need one will be on each country’s travel advice page
  • Checking how long your passport remains valid using this checking service. At Border Control in the EU, you may need to show that you have enough money for your trip and that you have a return or onward ticket. You should travel with documentary evidence in your hand luggage.
  • 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. It’s particularly important you get travel insurance with the right cover if you have a pre-existing medical condition. This is because the EHIC scheme covers pre-existing conditions, while many travel insurance policies do not.  
  • If you will be driving and have a British driving licence, checking what other documentation and insurance you will need to legally drive.

There are extra actions you may need to take if you’re travelling for business. 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 in your hand luggage 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 UK is due to exit the EU by 31 October 2019 at the latest, or earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is approved.

The government has advised that you should prepare for possible changes to your access to healthcare if there's a no-deal Brexit and you're a UK national travelling to the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) may not be valid if there's a no-deal Brexit. This will depend on arrangements with individual countries and might mean you need to pay in full for treatment.

The NHS has country guides to healthcare in other countries inside the European Economic Area (EEA).

A EHIC issued by the UK will still be valid until Exit Day. But if University-instigated travel is taking place on or after Exit Day, 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.


EU - Importing/Exporting

Does the University have an EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) number for importing goods from the EU or exporting to the EU, once the UK has exited the EU?

Yes, Please see the University's finance page for the EORI number. You will need your University log-in to access this information. The number is required to move goods into or out of the EU in the event of no deal.

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 EU Settlement Scheme means 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 Exit Day). The scheme is also open to citizens from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Information about the EU Settlement Scheme

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

The government has published guidance on European Temporary Leave to Remain, which covers the immigration arrangements for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who move to the UK after Brexit if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. 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 Student Services information Desk webpage provides more information on the EU Settlement Scheme and European Temporary Leave to Remain.

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

If there is a deal:

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'.

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 is open to non-UK EU/EEA and Swiss citizens who are living the UK by Exit Day in the event of a no deal Brexit.

The government has published guidance on European Temporary Leave to Remain, which covers the immigration arrangements for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who move to the UK after Brexit if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. 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.

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 Exit Day in the eventuality of an agreed deal or even if there is no deal. The UK is due to exit the EU by 31 October 2019 at the latest, or earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is approved.


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". The government has also announced that EU students starting university in the 2020/21 academic year will have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of courses in England.

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.

The UK is due to exit the EU by 31 October 2019 at the latest, or earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is approved.

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 exit the EU by 31 October 2019 at the latest, or earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is approved. In the event of a deal we expect travel to continue as normal with no additional requirements.

If there is no deal

UK citizens & non-UK EU citizens where this would apply (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, or non-UK EU citizens where these elements also apply, 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. The European Parliament has approved a proposal for reciprocal visa-free access for EU and UK nationals, with UK nationals exempt from visa requirements for short stays in the EU. Please note the visa exemption does not provide for the right to work in the EU - for work purposes you will need to check what visa might be required by the country you are visiting.
  • Checking how long your passport remains valid using this checking service. At Border Control in the EU, you may need to show that you have enough money for your trip and that you have a return or onward ticket. You should travel with documentary evidence in your hand luggage. .
  • 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 in your hand luggage 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 UK is due to exit the EU by 31 October 2019 at the latest, or earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is approved.

The government has advised that:

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, 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 Exit Day. But if University-instigated travel is taking place on or after Exit Day, 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.