EU referendum result

The UK’s decision to leave the EU will bring about some changes, but it will be a gradual process. In the short-term, there will be no changes to your freedom of movement, immigration status, tuition fees, and access to student funding. Our participation in EU programmes such as Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 is also unaffected in the short term.

We will update this page with new information as it is available.


The UK is currently set to leave the EU in March 2019. In the meantime it will work with the rest of the EU to determine the exit terms. The University will work to secure terms that are best for our students and staff.

Immigration and fee status

Your immigration and associated fee status have not changed as a result of the vote. The government has also confirmed that EU students starting at the University in 2018/19 or 2019/20 will be eligible for home fee status, which means that you will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students throughout the duration of your course. Our fees and funding web page has more information on tuition fees.

Student loans

EU students who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company (SLC) will continue to do so for the duration of their course, including those who intend to begin studying in 2018 or 2019. Our fees and funding web page has more information about funding for EU students.

Postgraduate EU students will also continue to have access to loans for Master’s study. Further information about postgraduate loans is available on the fees and funding web page

Erasmus+ and study abroad

The referendum result will not affect students currently studying or working in the EU on the Erasmus+ programme, those who have applied for funding in 2017/18, or those planning to go abroad in subsequent years until at least the end of the 2019/20 academic year. Depending on UK–EU discussions, the existing arrangements could extend beyond this.

You can contact the Global Opportunities team with queries on Erasmus and study abroad.

Horizon 2020

The referendum result has no immediate effect on those applying to or participating in Horizon 2020. UK researchers and businesses can continue to apply to the programme in the usual way. The future of UK access to European research funding will be decided as a part of wider discussions with the EU.

Please see our Research web pages for general information on EU funded programmes and research.


Further reading

Government statement on higher education and research following the EU referendum

Funding support for EU students

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