Brexit, Article 50 and the EU Referendum

On Wednesday 29 March 2017, the UK triggered Article 50 and began the process of leaving the European Union.

Following the EU referendum result, a University of Sheffield spokesperson said: "The University of Sheffield is carefully considering the implications of the result of the EU referendum to the University and to our staff and students. Our University is a Top 100 University globally and home to staff and students from around the world, including many from other EU nations. Scholars from these countries are central to the teaching of students and research in everything from medicine and science to engineering, social sciences and the arts and humanities.

"Naturally, a vote to leave the EU raises many important questions that require urgent answers - for universities, staff, students, prospective students, our research partners and other stakeholders. We will be working closely with other universities across the UK to seek answers to these questions as quickly and completely as possible.

"However, we should remember that leaving the EU will not happen overnight. The Lisbon Treaty foresees a two year negotiation process between the UK and other Member States, during which time the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union will be decided. For this reason there will not be any immediate material change to the immigration status of current and prospective EU students and staff or to the UK university sector’s participation in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+.

"Our primary concern at this time is for those staff and students who may be affected by the outcome of the referendum, and we will continue to offer advice and support to them over the coming weeks and months."


Brexit-related opinion and comment pieces from University experts.

Article 50 one year on: what the experts say

A year since Article 50 was triggered, academics at the University of Sheffield discuss the current debates and issues surrounding the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

Quote marksEU citizens in the UK: after the shock comes the strategy to secure status
22 May 2017, Professor Louise Ryan, Co-director of the University's Migration Research Group - published on the LSE Blog.

Quote marksFighting talk is not what we need
3 May 2017, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Sheffield - published in the International Business Times

Quote marksBrexit must preserve advisory networks
31 March 2017, Professor James Wilsdon - published in Nature

Quote marksTo our talented European colleagues: we want you to stay post-Brexit
24 March 2017, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield - Times Higher Education

Quote marksUK science, post Brexit
24 March 2017, Professor James Wilsdon - published in Science

Quote marksWhat a ‘no deal’ Brexit would mean for healthcare of British pensioners in Spain
20 March 2017, Professor Tamara Hervey - The Conversation

Quote marksAlas, poor Europe
23 March 2017, Dr Eirini Karamouzi - in History and Policy

Quote marks The political economy of the White Paper on the Future of Europe: Part Two
20 March 2017, Dr Owen Parker - Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute blog

Quote marksRight for all of us
8 March 2017, Professor David Blunkett - Crick Centre blog

Quote marksAre British media failing the test of reporting Brexit?
1 March 2017, William Horsley - Centre for the Freedom of the Media blog post

Views posted in comment articles are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the University of Sheffield.

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Advice about the EU referendum result

Following the triggering of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (EU), the UK and the EU have two years to negotiate arrangements for the UK’s withdrawal. The expectation is for the UK to remain a full member of the EU during this time. Many of you will have strong feelings about the decision to leave the EU and deep concerns about what it will mean for the future of our continent, our country and our University.

Our University is a community of international scholarship which includes many citizens of other EU countries. We know our students and staff will have many questions about what this will mean for them personally, as will all those who are directly involved in work dependent on EU collaboration and funding.

On our EU advice page, we will answer the most commonly asked questions about the impact the decision to leave the EU will have on our University, staff and students. This information will be updated as and when we know more during the negotiation period.

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