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Short-term transitional arrangements

Universities acknowledge that many issues related to Brexit are complex and will take time to resolve. The following measures, however, could be taken by government immediately and would help to address uncertainty and promote stability through a transitional period as the UK exits the EU.

  1. Confirm rights to reside and work in the UK post-exit for EU nationals that are currently working in the university sector and their  dependants. This should include confirmation of their access to public services. The government should take this step now, ahead of exit negotiations, to provide certainty for these hugely valued individuals.

  2. Confirm that EU students starting a course in 2018–19 and 2019–20 will continue to be eligible for home fee status, and be eligible for loans and grants on the current terms, and that this will apply for the duration of their course. This would allow universities time to plan for a phased transition to a reformed post-exit immigration system. This assurance is needed as soon as possible as universities have already, as of early 2017, begun to receive enquiries from prospective students for the 2018 intake.

  3. Signal that the government will seek to secure continued UK participation in the Horizon 2020 research and innovation framework programme for the remainder of the current programme. This would provide some reassurance to researchers, both inside the UK and across Europe, currently part of Horizon 2020 projects or those bidding to be part of them, and signal that the UK is committed to international research collaboration.


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