Message from the President and Vice-Chancellor - Brexit

16 April 2019

Dear colleague,

I wanted to write to update you on Brexit following the special meeting of the European Council last week. The current position is that the UK is due to leave the EU by 31 October 2019, or earlier if the government's withdrawal agreement is approved. However, there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the important work to identify and manage the potential impact of Brexit on our University will continue as a priority.

As you know, our University's Brexit Coordination Group, led by our Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Gill Valentine, has been carefully planning and taking action to mitigate the impact of different Brexit scenarios on a number of areas - including on current and prospective staff and students, student exchange opportunities, research collaborations, the procurement of goods and services, and travel. This group has been meeting regularly, and will continue its work over the coming months, to ensure we remain in a strong position to respond to developments as and when decisions are made by the government. We will keep you updated on this ongoing work.

We will also continue to work hard to support you and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the impact of Brexit. Last week the University held a legal briefing session, led by immigration experts from Eversheds Sutherland, with advice about the EU Settlement Scheme. If you are a non-UK EU member of staff, applying for the EU Settlement Scheme is the way to ensure you have ongoing legal status to live and work in the UK after Brexit. If you were unable to attend the briefing session, a recording is available on our international staff web pages.

Our HR team is also offering a legal helpline hosted by immigration specialists and drop-in sessions for staff to use an Android device if they wish to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. If you would like to make an appointment for either of these, please email

Our Brexit Advice FAQs have been updated with the latest information, including on Erasmus+, and will continue to be updated in the coming weeks and months. You can also contact us with any questions or concerns via

As I have said before, whatever happens with Brexit, our University's international outlook will not change. We are proud to be a welcoming home for staff and students from all over the world and are committed to forging research collaborations with partners across the globe to solve the most pressing challenges facing society today. It is important we continue to support each other.

Thank you once again for your commitment to our University. I will continue to keep you updated.

Professor Koen Lamberts

President and Vice-Chancellor