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The University and Europe

This page outlines our commitment to Europe and our valued EU partnerships in a post-Brexit world.

Students, staff and future students looking for practical guidance around Brexit should visit our Brexit advice page.

Our position on Europe

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 are changing the world for the better.

Ours is an institution that constantly looks to the future, whether educating new generations of students or developing groundbreaking research, our mission will transcend the political changes resulting from the UK leaving the European Union.

As guardians of this University, we will work tirelessly to protect our principle of internationalisation.

Almost 1,000 members of our staff and 2,000 students are from Europe and form an integral part of the future success of our University. Each year more than 3,000 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.

In the meantime we will continue to work with our 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 demand respect for the EU citizens who live and work in the UK.

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