What does the EU referendum mean to me?

From Sir David Bell (Vice Chancellor of the University of Reading)

“The UK will remain a full member of the EU until the negotiation to withdraw is completed. Under Article 50 of the EU’s Treaty of Lisbon, there will be a set two-year limit to reach agreement starting from the day the UK formally applies to the European Council – although given the complexity of the negotiation ahead, this deadline may well be extended.

The UK’s future relationship with the EU will be negotiated separately alongside the withdrawal agreement, with careful transition arrangements which could take up to a decade to put fully in place.

The immediate issue is, in light of the referendum result and the Prime Minister’s announcement to resign, whether the UK has a government which can command a majority in the House of Commons to trigger an application to withdraw, back a negotiation strategy and agree the specific terms the UK will seek from the EU.

While it is early days, I want to address some likely immediate questions we will have:

Existing EU students, offer-holders for 2016/17 and prospects for 2017/18: at this point, there is no change to their immigration status; access to student loans for tuition fees; and contractual terms and conditions. The University will continue to market itself and recruit as normal from EU member states and internationally for 2016/17 onwards. The priority for the sector in the negotiations will be protecting freedom of movement for EU students.

EU research grants and pan-European collaborations: at this point, we expect existing EU-funded project grants and collaborations to be fully honoured until the end of their contracted period. The UK’s status as a full participating member of the Horizon 2020 programme, contributing into central EU research funds, has not changed. The University will continue to support academics wishing to submit new applications for EU-funded research and, at this point, we expect applications to be considered on their merits, without fear or favour. The priority for the sector will be protecting our access, as best we can, to EU research networks and funding.

Non-UK EU staff: at this point there is no change to their immigration status and no change to the contractual terms and conditions of EU nationals holding University of Reading contracts. We will continue to recruit EU nationals already in the UK and abroad from their home countries. We will, of course, support UK national staff working in Europe as part of their job. Again, a big priority for the sector will be to protect freedom of movement for all staff.

EU and UK students studying under the Erasmus+ programme: at this point, there is no change to their immigration status in the UK or abroad. All students will continue to be eligible for Erasmus+ exchange programme grants. We have set an ambitious mobility target of 20% of graduates spending part of their degree overseas by 2020 and 33% by 2026. That means our Study Abroad team and Schools will continue to support Erasmus+ exchanges (which includes institutions in non-EU member states) and other international mobility schemes.”

Read the open letter from the Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell on the University of Reading website

Message from Professor John Board, Dean, Henley Business School

John Board“Following on from this morning’s news about the vote to leave the European Union, I wanted to provide some reassurance that Henley Business School has no intention of making any changes to its current arrangements in relation to our student and faculty communities.

Over the past 70 years, 70,000 alumni from 150 countries have successfully passed through our doors, whether in the UK or through our campuses and offices around the globe. Our view is that education is frontier free.

We will always be a business school with global ambitions and an international outlook. Our global engagement and student recruitment strategy means we will continue to engage with international partners and students from around the world.

Professor Adrian Bell, Associate Dean (International), Henley Business School commented

“At Henley Business School we prepare our students to meet the challenges of political, economic and environmental events in an uncertain world. As an international business school we are proud of our diversity and welcome everyone wishing to study with us in the UK.”

Henley’s admissions department has released a statement for all those considering joining Henley Business School, current offer holders and those who have paid a deposit.

Below is an extract that you may find informative, from the announcement made this morning by Sir David Bell, Vice Chancellor of the University of Reading.

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