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EU referendum response

Here you can find the latest statements from our University and other organisations following the referendum vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

“The University is considering carefully the implications of the vote to leave the European Union, some of which will not become clear for many months. However, we do know that the result of the referendum will not lead to changes overnight. At this time we particularly wish to reassure our current staff and students from other EU countries that their status remains unaltered until any changes are agreed by the UK Government as part of the exit negotiations. We also wish to say that we continue to welcome applications from students in other EU countries, whose entitlement to come to study in the UK, and to access student finance remains unchanged.

“We value enormously the contribution that all our students and staff from all parts of the world make to our community, and we remain fully committed to being an international University.”

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran

The following statement applies to EU nationals who are currently in receipt of student loans from the Student Loans Company (SLC), and to EU nationals who intend to begin studying in 2016 and 2017.

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 these loans and grants until they finish their course. This applies to all student finance from the SLC for students in England for which EU nationals are eligible. This includes loans to cover tuition fees (for those resident in the EEA for five years), loans and grants for maintenance (limited to those resident in the UK for at least three years), and some other grants and allowances.

The rules applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who have applied for a place at university from this year (2016), and starting in 2017, 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. EU nationals, or their family members, who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/ or loans by the SLC will then be eligible for the duration of their study on that course. These eligibility criteria set out that for students beginning study from this August, EU nationals must have been resident in the UK for at least five years in order to apply for a maintenance loan.

Students should consult their university’s student finance office, or the GOV.UK website, for information on what support they can receive.

 Frequently asked questions

The full impact of the UK leaving the EU will take some time to work through, including how it will affect higher education and research in this country. However, what we do know is that changes are not going to be immediate and there is likely to a long period of discussion and transition – at least two years – as the UK agrees its future relationship with the EU.

We also know that there will not be immediate changes to:

  • The immigration status of current non-UK EU students and staff.
  • The fees charged to non-UK EU student or their access to UK government funded loans or grants.
  • The sector’s participation in EU programmes such as Erasmus +.

We value enormously the contribution that all our students and staff, from all parts of the world, make to our community and we remain fully committed to being an international university. We will be joining other universities in arguing forcefully that in its negotiations about the UK’s future relationship with the EU the government should do everything possible to preserve the freedom of movement for staff and students, and the access to research funding, that underpin the international ambitions and reputation of UK higher education.

 Students and staff

No. As there are no immediate changes, European citizens living here, and British citizens living in the EU, do not need to apply for a visa. This includes those studying or working at UK universities.

No. If you are non-UK EU student and are currently studying at Christ Church, or plan to start in the autumn this year, we do not anticipate any changes at all. The referendum results will not affect students studying in the EU, those participating in Erasmus +, or those considering applying for the scheme in 2017. Longer term, universities’ access to the Erasmus + programme will be considered as part of the wider discussions with the EU.

EU students are entitled to pay the same fees as UK students while the UK remains a member of the EU.

Current non-UK EU students, and those that begin their studies at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2016 and 2017, will continue to receive funding for the duration of their course. The Student Loans Company guidance, and eligibility criteria, can be found on these web pages or by visiting: www.slc.co.uk/media/latest-news/eu-nationals-and-student-finance-in-england.

If you are postgraduate student, the recently launched Master’s Loans scheme will still apply. For more details, visit www.slc.co.uk/services/postgraduate-loan

The government announced on 11 October 2016 that European Union students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants - and will be for the duration of their course.

The decision will mean that students applying to study from 2017 to 2018 will not only be eligible for the same funding and support as they are now, but that their eligibility will continue throughout their course, even if the UK exits the European Union during that period.

Read the full Government statement regarding funding support for EU students.

Yes. During the transition period the UK remains a member of the EU and remains bound by EU legislation.

While the UK remains a member of the EU the government has confirmed that there will be no immediate changes to UK visa policies for staff currently working in, or contemplating coming to, the UK from other EU countries.

Longer term recruitment of staff will depend on the relationship negotiations with the EU.

It is a key priority for us to clarify the long-term position of non-UK EU staff once the UK actually leaves the EU, and this is something that the sector as a whole has taken up as a matter of urgency with the government. We will keep those colleagues affected updated as more information becomes available.

We value enormously the contribution that all our students and staff, from all parts of the world, make to our community and we remain fully committed to being an international university. We will be joining other universities in arguing forcefully that in its negotiations about the UK’s future relationship with the EU the government should do everything possible to preserve the freedom of movement for staff and students, and the access to research funding, that underpin the international ambitions and reputation of UK higher education.

At its meeting on 8 November 2016 SMT approved a proposal to provide short-term loans to members of staff who may wish to apply for residency, citizenship or settlement in the UK. While it is anticipated that the loan scheme will be of most interest to colleagues from other EU countries following the result of this year’s EU Referendum, it will also be available to those who are in the UK under Tier 2 sponsorship by the University.
Full details of the scheme, and how to apply, can be found at: https://cccu.canterbury.ac.uk/hr-and-od/policies-and-procedures/short-life-loan-policy.aspx (internal only page).

Recognising the importance of science and innovation to society, productivity and economic competitiveness, the government has provided reassurance to UK participants of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme with a commitment to safeguard funding for research and innovation projects.

As a result, British businesses and universities will have certainty over future funding and should continue to bid for competitive EU funds while the UK remains a member of the EU. The Treasury will underwrite the payment of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.

Information on this page is accurate to the best of the University's knowledge and based on advice from the UK government and national bodies for universities. However, we reserve the right to update and amend information as we seek further clarification on questions arising from the referendum.

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Last edited: 28/11/2016 13:25:00