Brexit: University support for staff

We are holding a number of events open to outline the support and advice available to non-UK EU staff, as well as provide a space to discuss the impact of Brexit for colleagues and their families. Please check here for updates.

Information session: EU Settled Status Pilot

Following the recent launch of the Home Office pilot of the EU Settlement Scheme (15 November 2018 - 21 December 2018), the University held a briefing session for non-UK EU staff delivered by immigration expert Hazar El-Chamaa from Pennington Manches LLP. The session included a briefing by Hazar on key aspects of the scheme followed by a question and answer session to assist staff with some of their specific questions around immigration as well as an opportunity to apply as part of the pilot.

A recording (which starts at 01:26) and slides from the session are available. (This is for staff only – you'll need to be logged into Muse/your staff Google account to access.)

The previous session took place on Wednesday 25 April 2018. A recording of the session is available, as are the slides. (for staff only – access as above.)

Information session: The implications of Brexit on immigrationFlags

Following the vote to leave the European Union, we arranged an immigration information session led by immigration expert Hazar El-Chamas from Penningtons Manches to assist staff with some of their specific questions around immigration.

We have invited Hazar back to the University to lead a further information session based on the most recent outcomes of the Brexit negotiation process.

The session takes place on Wednesday 25 April from 1.30pm – 3.30pm in Lecture Theatre 1 in the Diamond building. 

Book your place

All staff are welcome to attend, whether you are directly affected or have an interest in the implications of Brexit on immigration.

If you have any questions about the event, please email:

Please note that if you are unable to attend, the session will be recorded and shared via the EU referendum advice page:

Deep Talk for EU-UK uncertaintyBrexit sign 2

A set of three workshops for University staff - Mondays, 12 - 1pm, Monday 16, 23 and 30 April.

Dr Jeremy Clines, one of the University Chaplains, is offering a set of three one-hour Deep Talk workshops for staff at the University of Sheffield experiencing any sorts of uncertainty because of the impending change in the UK's connectedness to the EU (especially around working and residency rights and permissions).

This set of workshops use story-telling, dialogue, metaphor and a change of perspective to let participants learn from each other and tell it how it really is. This may well serve as a catalyst for seeing things differently and even taking new action ... but nothing is prescribed, except the same set of people in dialogue, playing with possibilities for three one hour slots. These sessions are equally suitable for people of any or no religion or belief.

The sessions will take place in the Activities Room in the Octagon Centre: this room is accessible. To book in for the three sessions simply email Jeremy ( to say you want to attend and he will confirm your place.

Jeremy has had very positive feedback from staff who have have participated in previous session who have said about Deep Talk that it:
- “gave me new insights and perspectives”;
- “helped me develop a greater awareness of […] my everyday and work life”;
- “provided a space for collective reflection”.

Jeremy would be happy to answer any questions about the workshops via e-mail (

Event in Firth Hall 15 FebruaryCup of tea

We are holding an informal drop-in event for all members of staff interested in discussing the impact of Brexit on the University community. This will be an opportunity for University members to share their thoughts and concerns about Brexit, and the implications this has for individuals, families and colleagues as well as the University as a whole.

There will also be information available outlining the support and advice we can offer non-UK EU staff members following the Brexit result.

The event takes place on 15 February 12 – 2pm in Firth Hall. This is an informal open session so please feel free to drop in at any point over the two hours.

It would be helpful to know if you intend to drop in as there will be light refreshments available, so please indicate here if you can attend.

If you are not able to attend this time, there will be future events taking place, which we will share on these pages.