The vote to leave the European Union in June 2016 may have left our current and prospective students, staff and researchers with questions about the future. This page gathers together FAQs and advice about how the EU referendum result may affect you, along with information and updates.

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Statement from Principal Professor Jenny Higham

"I would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that leaving the European Union will not happen overnight - there will be a managed process over the coming months and years.

The decision will not have an immediate impact on the immigration status of EU students and staff, or our education and research programmes.

St George’s remains committed to each of our EU staff, students and our international partnerships.

We will be continually liaising with the UK Government, the European Commission, Universities UK and other relevant agencies to clarify next steps and timescales.

We will update you with information as soon as it becomes available."

Updates

Universities UK has released a statement and will be updating guidance. We will post regular updates about St George's and the referendum here.

FAQs

Prospective and current EU students

Does the referendum result affect my immigration status?

If you have a place to start at St George's in the academic years 2016/17 or 2017/18, at this stage there is no reason to assume any change to your immigration status or right to access to the student loan book.

As a current student of St George's, your immigration status and associated fee status have not changed as a result of the vote. If there were to be any changes to your immigration status in the future, we would not expect these to come into place until formal agreements have been reached in relation to issues such as freedom of movement.

Will my tuition fees rise during my degree programme, and will EU students still be able to access Student Loans Company loans?

The Student Loans Company (SLC) has guaranteed that current EU students and those beginning their studies this Autumn, who are assessed as eligible for loans and/or grants, will continue to receive this support for the duration of their courses.

The Government has confirmed that the SLC Master’s Loans are available to eligible EU students starting courses this Autumn.

If you are currently a St George's student or will enrol in September 2016, we do not expect your current fee arrangements to be affected.

How will my immigration status be affected when Britain leaves the EU?

At present this is unclear. We, alongside many other universities, have pledged to work to influence policy in this area as far as possible. We will continue to update and support you to the best of our ability.

Am I eligible for tuition fee loans from the Student Loans Company (SLC)?

The referendum result has not had any impact on current eligibility for tuition fee loans or maintenance loans.

The Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, has released a statement. on the SLC website.

Can I still apply for the Erasmus+ scheme?

Research students can continue to apply for the Erasmus+ scheme, and our understanding is that there will be no change to the funding allocation process until a specific new agreement is reached. Please see the Erasmus+ Brexit pages for more detailed information

Will my Horizon2020 or ERC grant be affected? Is it worth applying for new Horizon2020 or ERC grants?

Research staff and students can continue to apply for EU-funded grants, and our understanding is that there will be no change to the funding allocation process until a specific new agreement is reached.

Will I be able to work while in the UK?

Nothing has changed in relation to your ability to work in the UK at present. If there are any changes to your ability to work in the UK in the future, we do not expect these to take place until formal agreements have been reached in relation to issues such as freedom of movement.

Will I have to pay for medical care?

At present, nothing has changed in relation to your ability to receive NHS medical care in the UK.

If any changes relating to access to medical care were to occur, we would not expect these to take placee until formal agreements have been reached regarding the status of EU citizens in the UK. 

Who can I speak to about study opportunities at St George's?

Please see our list of contact details for prospective students.

What additional help and support is available for me?

The Student Centre at St George's offers support to students including information on the student counselling service.

You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.

Employees

Will UK universities still be able to employ staff from other EU countries?

The UK remains a member of the EU for the time being, and the government has confirmed that there will be no immediate changes to UK visa policies for university staff who have come to the UK from the EU or are thinking about doing so.

In terms of recruiting EU staff in the longer term, this is likely to depend on the kind of relationship the UK negotiates with the EU. The higher education sector is calling on the UK government to state clearly that EU nationals currently living in the UK are welcome here, and that any changes to immigration status will only apply to new entrants to the UK.

I am a non-UK EU national. Do I need a visa to continue working at St George's?

Nothing has changed in relation to your immigration status and ability to work in the UK.

If there were to be any changes to your ability to work in the UK in the future, we would not expect these to come into place until formal agreements had been reached in relation to issues such as freedom of movement.

Can St George's help me seek a permanent right to stay in the UK?

The immigration status of non-UK EU staff has not changed as a result of the referendum so there will be no immediate impact on your employment status.

I am a Norwegian, Icelandic, Liechtenstein or Swiss national. How am I affected?

As with EU nationals, there is no impact on your employment status as a result of the referendum.

Will I have to pay for medical care?

At present, nothing has changed in relation to your ability to receive NHS medical care in the UK.

If any changes relating to access to medical care were to occur, we would not expect these to take placee until formal agreements have been reached regarding the status of EU citizens in the UK. 

How will my pension be affected?

The value of your pension will not be affected by the UK leaving the EU.

The long term effects that leaving the EU will have on individuals, businesses and pension funds aren't yet clear, but SAUL (the Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London) have produced a referendum FAQ for University of London staff.

What support services are available for employees?

All St George's staff can get free, confidential, professional counselling from Confidential Care, our Employee Assistance Provider.

Confidential Care are available 24/7, by phone on 0800 085 1376 or via email to at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have any concerns about the way you are treated at work, St George's also has Dignity at Work Advisers who can offer support.

Where can I find out about becoming a British citizen?

Your personal circumstances will affect whether this is the right decision for you. You can find out more on the UK Government website.

Research

Will the UK continue to have access to EU funding for research, and will St George's be able to apply for EU research grants under Horizon 2020?

The UK university sector's ability to take part in EU research and innovation programmes such as Horizon 2020 is so far unchanged. A statement from Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science has been released. The EU commissioner for research and innovation has also stated that EU law continues to apply to research grant applications from UK researchers.

The long term future of the UK's role in European science programmes will be decided as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Negotiations are expected to take over two years, and during this time the the UK will remain a member of the EU. During this time the UK will be entitled to participate in EU programmes and UK researchers can apply for EU research grants.

St George's, together with other British universities, will be encouraging the UK government to take steps to ensure the UK can continue to participate in EU research collaboration and funding after the UK formally leaves the European Union.

Can I still apply for the Erasmus scheme?

Researchers at St George's can continue to apply for the Erasmus scheme. We understand that there will be no change to the funding allocation process until a specific new agreement is reached.

How will my Horizon2020 or ERC grant be affected? Is it worth applying for new grants?

Researchers will continue to receive support from existing Horizon 2020 grants.

UK researchers are entitled to apply for new Horizon 2020 grants and to be treated equally by Horizon 2020 panels.


Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 September 2016 14:21

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