The EU referendum: information and updates

We are a global University, and our international staff and students contribute hugely to all that we stand for. Watch a video of the Mayor of Bristol’s message to prospective students and staff, and please join us in supporting the #WeAreInternational campaign.

The outcomes of the UK referendum on EU membership raises some issues, and also some opportunities. We are working with the Russell Group and Universities UK to seek clarification on the most pressing questions, including around continued student and staff mobility, the ongoing fee status, and access to research funding.

Clarity is now emerging on some issues. We are pleased, for example, with the reassurances from the government regarding access to the student loan system for current EU students and those joining us this autumn. 

On this page you can access advice on applying for British Citizenship or settling in the UK; a factsheet on what to do if you’re worried about racism, harassment or abuse; and statements and updates on the impact of the referendum on universities.

Further information will be added as soon as it becomes available.

For specific enquiries or advice, please contact the following people:

Statements and updates

The European University Association has issued a Brexit and universities FAQ to address questions on topics such as freedom of movement, collaboration and recognition of qualifications.
11 October 2017 

The Russell Group has published a briefing note, 'UK Government’s position on EU nationals: 10 points requiring greater clarity' (PDF, 227k), summarising its demands to the government on the rights of EU citizens. This has had media coverage including an article in the Independent.
3 August 2017

The Russell Group's Head of Policy, Sarah Stevens, has commented on the announcement that the Migration Advisory Committee is set to examine migration from the EU.
27 July 2017

Universities minister Jo Johnson has confirmed the government's commitment to underwrite the funding for all successful bids made by UK applicants for Horizon 2020 projects before the UK exits the EU. He stressed that 'this applies both to projects ongoing at the point of exit, and to funding applied for before exit which is subsequently successful'. He also confirmed that this includes Horizon 2020 calls with two-stage procedures, as long as the first application is submitted before the UK leaves the EU. Further details will be addressed within the wider context of the negotiations.
20 July 2017
The Russell Group has written an initial response (PDF, 107kB) to the government's 26 June position document on 'safeguarding the position of EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU'.
27 June 2017
Universities UK has published a two-page guide for potential EU and international students concerned about Brexit: FAQs for potential students (PDF, 72kB)
22 May 2017
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has published a clarification on EEA students and comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI) after the Home Office confirmed that students without CSI will not be removed from the UK or refused entry solely because they do not have it. The UKCISA also has updated guidance on staying in the UK as a student.
9 March 2017
The University's HR team has arranged for independent UK law firm, Burges Salmon, to provide a number of legal briefings open to all staff who could be affected by the UK's exit from the EU.
February 2017

A letter to EU and international students and staff (PDF, 210kB)from Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West.

20 January 2017

Higher education spokesperson Lord Younger confirmed there is no cap on international students joining UK universities.
7 December 2016

Vice-Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady talked about the impact of Brexit on higher education in an interview with Sky News.
24 November 2016

A House of Commons Education Select Commitee inquiry is open for written submissions on the impact of Brexit on higher education, until 11 November.
27 October 2016

Universities Minister Jo Johnson has announced that EU students applying to English universities for 2017/18 will still have access to student funding support.
11 October 2016 

Letter from the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees (PDF, 155kB), to all Bristol staff and students
26 July 2016 

Brexit FAQs for universities and students from Universities UK
5 July 2016

New statement from the Russell Group on the consequences of voting to leave the European Union
5 July 2016

Advice for international staff and students who experience harassment or abuse following the referendum outcome
5 July 2016 

The EU referendum: advice for researchers encountering new challenges when dealing with European grant-making bodies or partner institutions
5 July 2016

Open letter from Avon and Somerset Police about hate crime victimisation and racial or anti-immigrant abuse
4 July 2016

The Vice-Chancellor's presentation at the internal launch of the new University Strategy, in which he discusses the impact of the referendum outcome (recording hosted by Mediasite)
30 June 2016

Update from the Vice-Chancellor to all staff
30 June 2016

Statement from Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, on: EU Nationals and student finance in England; EU student/staff status; Erasmus+; and Horizon 2020 research funding
28 June 2016

Message from the Vice-Chancellor to all staff following the referendum result
24 June 2016

The University's public statement following the referendum result
24 June 2016

Russell Group statement following the referendum result
24 June 2016

Universities UK statement following the referendum result
24 June 2016

Further information

What to do if you're worried about racism following the EU referendum (PDF): Factsheet from the Equality and Human Rights Commission 

Guidance from the government on applying to settle in the UK

Information from the government on applying for British Citizenship
(For advice from the University about British Citizenship, please contact Richard Boyce, Resourcing Manager, Human Resources.)  


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