Message from the President and Vice-Chancellor – Brexit

28 August 2019

Dear colleague,

Since I last wrote to you about Brexit, we have a new Prime Minister who has said that the UK will leave the EU on 31 October this year, with or without a deal. However, there is still a lot of uncertainty about what will happen next and there are many unanswered questions about the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

I want to reassure you that we are continuing to manage risks surrounding a number of different Brexit scenarios, including no deal. Our Brexit Coordination Group, chaired by Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Gill Valentine, has been carefully assessing and taking proactive steps to help mitigate the impact of Brexit on our University, staff and students and this work will continue as a priority over the coming weeks.

We are also continuing to work hard to support anyone who has any questions or concerns about the implications of Brexit. If you are a non-UK EU member of staff, it is important you apply for the EU Settlement Scheme to ensure you retain your existing rights to work and study in the UK and access benefits and public services. If you have not already applied, our HR team can support you through the process. It is free to submit an application and the scheme covers all EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens and their families living in the UK before it leaves the EU. In the event of no deal, applicants and their families would need to be living in the UK by 31 October 2019 and the deadline for applying would be 31 December 2020. If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, the deadline for applying would be 30 June 2021.

If you would like advice, our HR team is continuing to offer telephone appointments with immigration specialists Eversheds Sutherland. We are also hosting drop-in sessions for staff who need access to an Android device to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. If you would like to make an appointment for either of these, please email

For further information about the support available, please visit our Information for non-UK EU staff pages.

We are also continuing to update our Brexit Advice FAQs as more information becomes available from the government.

Please take some time to read these pages for the latest news and advice. You can also contact us with any questions or concerns via

Our University is a truly international community and we are extremely privileged that staff and students from across the world choose to make Sheffield their home. I know that many of you will have concerns about what Brexit will mean for our University, but I want to assure you that our global outlook will remain the same.

Our outstanding research, excellent teaching and professional services are only made possible because we are a community of international talent. Thank you once again for your contribution to our University. I will continue to keep you updated.

Best wishes,

Professor Koen Lamberts

President and Vice-Chancellor