EU referendum FAQs EU referendum FAQs

Following the referendum and resulting decision to leave the European Union, there are understandably many questions and uncertainties facing staff, students and the whole international community.

The process of leaving the EU will not happen overnight. Once triggered by the government, the Treaty on European Union (commonly referred to as the 'Lisbon Treaty') sets out a two year negotiation process between the UK and other Member States, during which time the terms of our exit from the European Union will be decided. This has not yet happened.

While the result is not what UEA campaigned for and is disappointing and upsetting for many in the UEA community, the University’s priority is to reassure all staff and students from the family of EU nations that they are hugely valued and UEA remains a welcoming and supportive place to study and work.

UEA will be working to get answers to the longer-term questions and to press the government to ensure the UK remains a welcoming place for the brightest and the best staff and students from other EU countries and other countries around the world.

Below are some of the common questions and the answers currently available. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.


Student questions

•  How will this affect the immigration status of current EU students at UEA?

•  How will finance for EU students be affected?

•  I’m an EU student with a place to start in academic year 2016/17, what will happen to my place?

•  I am an EU student studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme

•  I am a UK student studying in the EU under the Erasmus or other Study Abroad programmes

•  I am due to study abroad as part of my course. Will I be affected?

•  I’m an EU student in the UK. Will I still be able to access the NHS?


Staff questions

•  How will this affect EU nationals working at UEA?

•  How will EU research funding be affected?

•  Should UEA researchers still bid for EU funding?

•  What is the sector doing to plan for these changes?

•  I’m a non-UK EU national working UK. Will I still be able to access the NHS?


General questions

•  How long will it take to see changes?

•  How will leaving the EU affect UEA’s recently-announced future plans and Vision2030?

•  I have experienced racism, harassment or abuse on campus or in the community following the result of the referendum

 

STUDENTS 

How will this affect the immigration status of current EU students at UEA? 
Until the Treaty on European Union (commonly referred to as the 'Lisbon Treaty') negotiations are completed, there will be no change to the immigration status of current EU students at UEA.

How will finance for EU students be affected?
The Student Loan Company has issued a statement following the result, which can be read in full here: http://www.slc.co.uk/media/latest-news/eu-nationals-and-student-finance-in-england.aspx

In short, EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the SLC, will continue to receive their 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 September to study a course which attracts student support are unchanged. The SLC will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. 

I’m an EU student with a place to start in academic year 2016/17, what will happen to my place? 
There is no reason to assume any change to your immigration status or access to student loans at this stage. We can confirm that course fees will match those of UK students, for the duration of your course. 

For undergraduate students, the Student Loans Company (Student Finance England) have also confirmed that they will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way, for the duration of study on the course and they are continuing to assess applications against existing eligibility criteria. You can visit the UK Government website for EU Students to look at the eligibility criteria and find out how to apply for a loan.

For Postgraduate Taught EU students Student Finance England’s (SFE) new Postgraduate Loan application service is now open.

The full details of the scheme, and quickest and easiest way for you to apply is online at www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan. We are currently communicating with all our EU offer holders by email, but if they do have any questions then they can email admissions@uea.ac.uk.

I am an EU student studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme
As above, your immigration status has not changed, and you will continue to be eligible for your Erasmus grant until at least as long as we remain a member of the EU. 

I am a UK student studying in the EU under the Erasmus or other Study Abroad programmes
Your immigration status has not changed, and you continue to be eligible for your Erasmus grant until at least as long as we remain a member of the EU.

I am due to study abroad as part of my course. Will I be affected? 
Until the withdrawal negotiations are completed, there will be no changes to UEA’s membership of programmes such as Erasmus. Throughout this period, the UK will maintain all aspects of its current EU Membership.

I’m an EU student in the UK. Will I still be able to access the NHS?
Throughout the negotiation period, which will commence when the Treaty on European Union (commonly referred to as the 'Lisbon Treaty') period is triggered, the UK will maintain all aspects of its current EU Membership. Any changes to access rights in the UK, including health services, will be decided by the UK government as part of these negotiations. 

 

STAFF

How will this affect EU nationals working at UEA?
Until the withdrawal negotiations are completed, there will be no change to the immigration status of non-UK EU nationals working at UEA. Your employment status will remain the same throughout this process for as long as the UK is part of the EU.

How will EU research funding be affected?
Until the withdrawal negotiations are completed, there will be no change to the immigration status of non-UK EU nationals working at UEA. Your employment status will remain the same throughout this process for as long as the UK is part of the EU.

More detail about the potential effect on research funding is available from REN on the Portal: https://portal.uea.ac.uk/ren/forms-resources-faqs

In short, the UK’s involvement in the Horizon 2020 programme has not changed as a result of the referendum result. 

Research contracts under the Horizon 2020 programme, signed before the date on which the UK leaves the European Union, will be seen through to the end. Speaking at a House Common debate on 27 June, prime minister David Cameron said that all Horizon 2020 contracts will be honoured for their duration.

UUK is working with the UK Research Office and the European Commission and institutions are advised that detailed advice on prospective and currently negotiated projects will be circulated as soon as is possible.

Should UEA researchers still bid for EU funding?
Yes, absolutely.

Nothing material has changed at this stage; the UK continues to remain a full member of the European Union, and there are no changes to the UK's status in Horizon 2020 or any other EU funding programmes.  

It is, therefore, important we carry on as we are. To do otherwise could mean missing out on major funding opportunities, particularly in areas like the European Research Council (ERC), the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), and various societal challenges. 

Remember, it is not certain at this stage that the UK will lose access to Horizon 2020 and subsequent programmes; that will form part of the detailed exit negotiations.  We hope that the final exit agreement includes the UK becoming a full ‘Associated Country’ to Horizon 2020.

What is the sector doing to plan for these changes?
Universities UK (UUK) is already working hard to plan for the future changes which may occur. They have produced their own FAQ page

Minister of State for Universities and Science Jo Johnson attended a UUK meeting with vice-chancellors last Friday for an initial conversation to share the key questions and concerns of universities and UUK remains in touch with officials and advisers in the Cabinet Office, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and parliament.

UUK will shortly convene a meeting of key sector leaders and national organisations to attempt to develop common sector-wide priorities for the exit negotiations, our future relationship with the EU and to influence necessary domestic policy and funding changes. 

I’m a non-UK EU national working UK. Will I still be able to access the NHS?
Throughout the negotiation period which will comment when the Treaty on European Union (commonly referred to as the 'Lisbon Treaty') period is triggered, the UK will maintain all aspects of its current EU Membership. Any changes to access rights in the UK, including health services, will be decided by the UK government as part of these negotiations.

 

GENERAL

How long will it take to see changes?
Please bear in mind that as of today nothing material has changed. The process of leaving the EU will not happen overnight. The Treaty on European Union (commonly referred to as the 'Lisbon Treaty'), once triggered by the government, sets out a two year negotiation process between the UK and other Member States, during which time the terms of our exit from the European Union will be decided. This process has not yet started.

How will leaving the EU affect UEA’s recently-announced future plans and Vision2030?
UEA has not pulled any of its plans in the light of Brexit and remains committed to the UEA Vision 2030. We are, like many other organisations, currently assessing the potential impact Brexit might have on our road map to the delivery of these plans.

I have experienced racism, harassment or abuse on campus or in the community following the result of the referendum
UEA and Norwich are welcoming communities where racism or abuse is never acceptable and will not be tolerated. If UEA students or staff do experience any form of racism then our security team is there help support you and help you report it to the police. You can contact UEA Security 24 hours a day on 01603 592352 or if you feel it’s an emergency 01603 592222.

If you experience racist behaviour away from the UEA campus, please report it to the police by calling 101 (or 999 in an emergency). We also ask students to let the Dean of Students Office know so we can offer support. UEA staff should seek the support of their line manager and also ensure the University is aware.

More information will be added to this page as it becomes available.