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Update 29 March 2017

Today, Wednesday 29 March 2017, is the day that Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50, notifying the European Union (EU) of the UK’s intention to withdraw.

The University of Southampton continues to work with its many partners across the EU to lobby the Prime Minister, Secretaries of State, ministers, MPs, MEPs, the Lords, and others, to push research and science onto the radar and force them to respect the EU citizens who live and work in the UK.

As a leading university we embrace internationalisation. Our International Strategy is explicit in its commitment to a welcoming community of staff, students and alumni worldwide. We are and will remain interconnected, and talented people – including first-generation students – need to be mobile.

The Russell Group has produced an open letter about Article 50.

The following timetable is expected after today’s triggering of Article 50:

The University is working closely with higher education bodies and government to get further clarification on the future visa and fee status of non-UK European Union students, and to pursue other key policy areas as the UK negotiates its future relationship with Europe.

Until we receive further clarity on key specific issues, here are a few general points to be aware of:

EU staff

Our staff and students of all nationalities are highly valued members of our University community and are and will continue to be most welcome at Southampton.

We would like to reassure you that there will be no short-term or material changes to the immigration status of current and prospective EU staff or to current EU research funding agreements.

Although this is a period of uncertainty, it is now clear that the UK will remain a member of the EU for at least another two years. Reports in the press suggest that the new Prime Minister is unlikely to begin official negotiations on leaving the EU this year. From that point the UK would then have two years to make an orderly and negotiated transition.

We will work closely with any colleagues who are affected by this to ensure that they are supported through this process.

Should you have any particular questions, please do get in touch with our HR team on internal extension 22421.

Current EU students

There will be no short-term changes to the rights of EU nationals or current EU research funding agreements. We would like to reassure students of all nationalities that you are highly valued members of our University community, and will continue to be most welcome at Southampton.

It is now clear that the UK will remain a member of the EU for at least another two years. Reports in the press suggest that the new Prime Minister is unlikely to begin official negotiations on leaving the EU this year. From that point the UK would then have two years to make an orderly and negotiated transition.

EU Student Loans and Fees
The Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson, has confirmed that EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the Student Loans Company (SLC), will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course.

The rules applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who have applied for a place at university from this August to study a course which attracts student support remain unchanged.

This commitment from Government allows us to confirm that the University of Southampton will maintain UK/EU fee parity for the duration of a course, for all EU students who are enrolled with us for the academic year 2016-17.

NHS Bursaries
It is our understanding that there should be no changes in NHS bursary arrangements for 2016-17. The NHS Business Services Authority is scheduled to make a full statement soon.

Study Abroad
As far as we are aware there will be no immediate change to our participation in these programmes (such as Erasmus+). We will be working to protect our involvement in these schemes for the future.

Postgraduate Research funding bodies
There are several significant funding bodies that provide financial support for postgraduate studies including the EPSRC and other research councils. It is unlikely that there will be any immediate or material changes to this funding. We are in active discussions with these bodies to clarify their position and will keep you informed of progress.

Should you have any particular questions, please do get in touch with the Student Services Centre. It is open 08:30 to 20:00 Monday-Tuesday and 08:30 to 18:00 Wednesday-Friday in Building 37. Phone +44(0)23 8059 9599 or email ssc@soton.ac.uk.

EU students with a confirmed place for 2017/18 or students who are applying for a place for 2018/19

The UK government has given confirmation that students applying to start in the 2018/2019 academic year will remain eligible for financial support in the form of loans and grants, even if these courses extend beyond the UKs exit from the EU.

There will be no short-term changes to the rights of EU nationals or current EU research funding agreements. We would like to reassure students of all nationalities that you are highly valued members of our University community and are and will continue to be most welcome at Southampton.

Now that article 50 has been triggered there will be two years to negotiate our exit from the EU.

EU Student Loans and Fees
The Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson, has confirmed that EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the Student Loans Company (SLC), will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course.

The rules applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who have applied for a place at university to start in academic year 2017/18 or 2018/19 to study a course which attracts student support are unchanged.

This commitment from Government allows us to confirm that the University of Southampton will maintain UK/EU fee parity for the duration of a course. This applies for all EU students who begin a course of study with us during the academic years 2017-18 and 2018-19.

NHS Bursaries
It is our understanding that there should be no changes in NHS bursary arrangements for 2016-17. The NHS Business Services Authority is scheduled to make a full statement soon.

Study Abroad
As far as we are aware there will be no immediate change to our participation in these programmes (such as Erasmus+). We will be working to protect our involvement in these schemes for the future.

Postgraduate student funding
The new Master’s Loans are also still available to eligible EU students. EU students will continue to receive funding for the duration of their courses. The Student Loans Company has provided more information.

Postgraduate Research funding
There are several significant funding bodies that provide financial support for postgraduate studies including the EPSRC and other research councils. It is unlikely that there will be any immediate or material changes to this funding. We are in active discussions with these bodies to clarify their position and will keep you informed of progress.

Should you have any particular questions, please do get in touch with our team at enquiry@southampton.ac.uk or phone us on +44(0)23 8059 9699.

EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science made this statement on 28 June:

“The referendum result does not affect students studying in the EU, beneficiaries of Erasmus+ or those considering applying in 2017. The UK’s future access to the Erasmus+ programme will be determined as a part of wider discussions with the EU.

"More broadly, existing UK students studying in the EU, and those looking to start in the next academic year, will continue to be subject to current arrangements.”

UK universities both individually and collectively through our sector representative, Universities UK, will be urging the government to seek assurances from the EU that the UK can continue to access this valuable exchange programme.

All participants and beneficiaries should continue with their Erasmus+ funded activities and preparation for the published application deadlines in 2016 and 2017.

UK students studying in the EU and elsewhere under the Erasmus programme

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science made this statement on 28 June:

“The referendum result does not affect students studying in the EU, beneficiaries of Erasmus+ or those considering applying in 2017. The UK’s future access to the Erasmus+ programme will be determined as a part of wider discussions with the EU.

"More broadly, existing UK students studying in the EU, and those looking to start in the next academic year, will continue to be subject to current arrangements.”

UK universities both individually and collectively through our sector representative, Universities UK, will be urging the government to seek assurances from the EU that the UK can continue to access this valuable exchange programme.

All participants and beneficiaries should continue with their Erasmus+ funded activities and preparation for the published application deadlines in 2016 and 2017.

All staff currently undertaking EU funded projects

Updated January 2017. UK Research Office provides FAQs on UK participation in EU funded research.

Research funding (update 13 August 2016)

The government has announced safeguards to funding in a commitment to maintain the UK's status as a world leader in science, research and innovation (13 August 2016).

This includes underwriting funding for approved Horizon 2020 projects applied for before the UK leaves the EU, and reassurance to applicants from the UK's research and innovation base when applying for EU research funding.

Further details are available here

 

Message from Professor Tim Elliott, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise

"Although the result of the referendum has left us with many questions regarding the implications for the sector and the University, I would like to emphasise that we are totally committed to pursuing research in the global scientific landscape. We will be working with our colleagues to enable UK research to maintain its world-leading position, and will continue to forge strong partnerships with our colleagues in Europe.

"More than ever, we need to strengthen our networks in Europe and continue our involvement in Horizon 2020 and European Research Council programmes. There will be no material changes to our ability to apply to these programmes until the UK has formally negotiated its exit from the European Union (EU). A number of mechanisms are currently in place for non-EU members to actively participate in European research and development programmes. The extent of the UK participation in the future will come down to negotiations.

"In the meantime, please continue to make applications."

Professor Tim Elliott (June 2016)

Universities UK (UUK) has announced that it is liaising with the UK Research Office and the European Commission and we are advised that detailed advice on prospective and currently negotiated projects will be circulated as soon as is possible.

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has released a statement that is an official summary of the ‘state of play’.

Message from the President and Vice-Chancellor

The result of the EU referendum leaves us with some significant questions to answer but also a need to work even more closely together to navigate our way successfully through.

The University of Southampton is one of the world’s leading institutions for research and education. By attracting the most talented people from across the UK, Europe and around the world we have created a thriving environment where genuine collaboration creates new thinking and discoveries that can change the world for the better.

Ours is an institution that constantly looks to the future, whether educating new generations of students or developing ground-breaking research, our mission will transcend this immediate political change. As guardians of this University we will work tirelessly to protect our principle of internationalisation.

Almost one thousand members of our staff and two thousand students are from Europe and form an integral part of the future success of our University. Each year over three thousand research papers are written in collaboration with European universities and institutions. Over the coming years we look forward to continuing these exceptional relationships both with Europe and with partners around the world.

Sir Christopher Snowden, President and Vice-Chancellor

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