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:


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

Universities minister Jo Johnson has confirmed the government's commitment to underwrite the funding for all successful bids made by UK applicants for Horizon 2020 projects before the UK exits the EU. He stressed that 'this applies both to projects ongoing at the point of exit, and to funding applied for before exit which is subsequently successful'. He also confirmed that this includes Horizon 2020 calls with two-stage procedures, as long as the first application is submitted before the UK leaves the EU. Further details will be addressed within the wider context of the negotiations.
20 July 2017 
The Russell Group has written an initial response (PDF, 107kB) to the government's 26 June position document on 'safeguarding the position of EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU'.
27 June 2017
Universities UK has published a two-page guide for potential EU and international students concerned about Brexit: FAQs for potential students (PDF, 72kB)
22 May 2017
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has published a clarification on EEA students and comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI) after the Home Office confirmed that students without CSI will not be removed from the UK or refused entry solely because they do not have it. The UKCISA also has updated guidance on staying in the UK as a student.
9 March 2017
The University's HR team has arranged for independent UK law firm, Burges Salmon, to provide a number of legal briefings open to all staff who could be affected by the UK's exit from the EU.
February 2017

A letter to EU and international students and staff (PDF, 210kB)from Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West.

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

Open letter from Avon and Somerset Police about hate crime victimisation and racial or anti-immigrant abuse
4 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

The University's public statement following the referendum result
24 June 2016

Russell Group statement following the referendum result
24 June 2016

Universities UK statement 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.

Brexit FAQs

A regularly updated resource from Universities UK on Brexit and higher education.

Brexit with Bristol

Find out about the research that Bristol's academics are conducting on the many aspects and possible implications of Brexit.

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