Brexit: information and updates for staff
We are a global University, and our international staff and students contribute hugely to all that we stand for. This will not change. However, we recognise that the uncertainties around Brexit and its possible ramifications are a source of continuing anxiety for our staff and students and their families and friends.
We are working with the Russell Group, Universities UK and other groups to seek clarification and to lobby Whitehall on the most pressing questions, including around continued student and staff mobility, the ongoing fee status, and access to research funding.
This page features links to information and advice for staff and to statements and updates on the impact of the referendum on universities. We will add more information as it becomes available. You can find a similar resource for students on the SRAA pages.
For specific enquiries or advice, please contact the following people:
- Grants and funding: Tom Bowker, Research Development Manager
- Human Resources: Richard Boyce, Resourcing Manager
- Harassment or abuse: Security Services
- Other enquiries: Alicia O'Grady, Director of External Relations
Statements and updates
The Home Office has launched its EU Settlement Scheme pilot for EU citizens and any non-EU family members of EU citizens working in the higher education sector. For more information, see our dedicated Settlement Scheme page.
19 November 2018
Universities UK International (UUKi) and the FCO Science and Innovation Network (SIN) are hosting regular webinars to discuss the state of play and the consequences of the negotiations for the higher education and research sectors. You can listen to the first episode, 'Touching Base - where are we and what will happen?' (20 September) and sign up for the next webinar on 18 October 2018.
10 October 2018
Dr Erik Lithander, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Student Recruitment), has written an update on the Brexit talks (PDF, 95kB) for all staff, following the government's 'sufficient progress' statement.
21 December 2017
The Russell Group has published a briefing note on the Brexit phase 1 negotiation agreement (PDF, 99kB). The Russell Group Chief Executive, Dr Tim Bradshaw, has also released a statement on the 'sufficient progress' announcement.
13 December 2017
The Russell Group has published a briefing note, 'Russell Group universities and Brexit' (PDF, 226k), outlining what it considers the key research- and HE-related priorities for the government in its negotiations with the EU.
17 November 2017
University leaders across Europe have signed a joint statement in which they urge their national governments and the European Commission to accelerate the Brexit negotiations. The statement was initiated by UUK International and was signed by 22 National Rectors' Conferences, including the European University Association. The signatories also warned of the consequences the continued uncertainty of UK's participation in Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ has for their institutions. The statement was also reported in the Guardian, THE and Science Business.
3 November 2017
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Hugh Brady, has written a letter to Chris Heaton-Harris MP (PDF, 113kB), in response to his widely-reported request for the names of all staff 'involved in the teaching of European affairs, with particular reference to Brexit', along with curriculum details.
26 October 2017
Universities UK and the UK Research Office confirm that UK researchers remain eligible to participate in and receive funding through Horizon 2020 projects while the UK remains an EU Member State.
16 October 2017
The European University Association has issued a Brexit and universities FAQ to address questions on topics such as freedom of movement, collaboration and recognition of qualifications.
11 October 2017
The Russell Group has published a briefing note, 'UK Government’s position on EU nationals: 10 points requiring greater clarity' (PDF, 227k), summarising its demands to the government on the rights of EU citizens. This has had media coverage including an article in the Independent.
3 August 2017
The Russell Group's Head of Policy, Sarah Stevens, has commented on the announcement that the Migration Advisory Committee is set to examine migration from the EU.
27 July 2017
22 May 2017
20 January 2017
Higher education spokesperson Lord Younger confirmed there is no cap on international students joining UK universities.
7 December 2016
Vice-Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady talked about the impact of Brexit on higher education in an interview with Sky News.
24 November 2016
A House of Commons Education Select Commitee inquiry is open for written submissions on the impact of Brexit on higher education, until 11 November.
27 October 2016
Universities Minister Jo Johnson has announced that EU students applying to English universities for 2017/18 will still have access to student funding support.
11 October 2016
Letter from the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees (PDF, 155kB), to all Bristol staff and students
26 July 2016
Brexit FAQs for universities and students from Universities UK
5 July 2016
New statement from the Russell Group on the consequences of voting to leave the European Union
5 July 2016
Advice for international staff and students who experience harassment or abuse following the referendum outcome
5 July 2016
The EU referendum: advice for researchers encountering new challenges when dealing with European grant-making bodies or partner institutions
5 July 2016
The Vice-Chancellor's presentation at the internal launch of the new University Strategy, in which he discusses the impact of the referendum outcome (recording hosted by Mediasite)
30 June 2016
Update from the Vice-Chancellor to all staff
30 June 2016
Statement from Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, on: EU Nationals and student finance in England; EU student/staff status; Erasmus+; and Horizon 2020 research funding
28 June 2016
Message from the Vice-Chancellor to all staff following the referendum result
24 June 2016
Information and advice
What to do if you're worried about racism following the EU referendum (PDF): Factsheet from the Equality and Human Rights Commission
Guidance from the government on applying to settle in the UK (But please note that current government advice is that 'There is no need for EU citizens living in the UK to do anything now, including applying for a permanent residence document').
Information from the government on applying for British Citizenship
(For advice from the University about British Citizenship, please contact Richard Boyce, Resourcing Manager, Human Resources.)
The Mayor of Bristol's message
Watch a video of Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees speaking to students and staff in June 2016 about the importance of internationalism for Bristol.
Status of EU citizens in the UK
What you need to know: the government's advice and information page, regularly updated.
A regularly updated resource from Universities UK on Brexit and higher education.
Find out about the research that Bristol's academics are conducting on the many aspects and possible implications of Brexit.