Useful resources and information

The University is committed to doing all that we can to support staff and students and to help them navigate their way through the implications of the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. On this page you will find an overview of the main implications, links to our Frequently Asked Questions for staff and students, as well as links to external sources of information.

Implications for leaving the EU

Implications for you

Our university community welcomes international students and staff from more than 150 countries and, post-Brexit, and we will remain an ambitious, outward-looking, global university - both in relation to the EU and the wider world.

Many of the questions about the implications of Brexit for higher education are difficult to answer as they will depend on the outcome of the negotiations and what kind of relationship the UK agrees with the EU. However, we have tried to address as many questions as possible.

Please see our frequently asked questions for more information about how leaving the EU may affect you as a student or as a member of staff. If students have further concerns that are not answered by these FAQs and wish to speak to someone you can contact the Student Hub.

It should be noted that there is no immediate change to the immigration and associated fee and finance status of current EU students and staff. This will remain the case until the Government decides otherwise or at the point at which the UK formally leaves the EU.

Implications for the University

The Government has guaranteed funds for EU projects agreed up until the point at which the UK leaves the EU. This includes projects funded by Horizon 2020 and the European Structural and Investment Funds.

HM Treasury have stated that: "Where UK organisations bid directly to the European Commission on a competitive basis for EU funding projects while we are still a member of the EU, for example universities participating in Horizon 2020, the Treasury will underwrite the payments of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK's departure from the EU".

Once the UK leaves the EU our ability to access EU funding for research and student mobility, and to recruit current levels of EU students and staff will depend on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and what kind of relationship the UK agrees with the EU.

We are working with the Russell Group, Universities UK and other national and local organisations to influence Government and to put forward the strongest possible case for the Higher Education sector.

We are calling for the UK’s continued engagement in EU research and innovation programmes, as well as sustained academic and student mobility including access to the EU programmes which support this. Above all, the Higher Education sector is clear about the urgent priority that Government needs to give to guaranteeing the residency and work rights of EU citizens and their dependants currently working in the UK. An encouraging sign is that ‘ensuring the United Kingdom remains the best place for science and innovation’ was one of the twelve guiding principles set out in the Brexit White Paper.

The University of Birmingham has also responded to the House of Commons’ Education Select Committee Inquiry on Brexit and HE and to the Treasury Select Committee’s Inquiry on Brexit and transitionary arrangements.

Implications for the city

The University is working with leaders from local government and business to understand the broader implications of Brexit for Birmingham.

Together we are communicating our concerns to decision-makers in Government and at EU level, and positioning the City to shape and take advantage of the opportunities of Brexit, such as the Government’s renewed commitment to devolving further powers and funding to city regions to strengthen the post-Brexit economy.

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