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Following the referendum in June 2016, where the outcome was a decision for the UK to leave the European Union (EU), we want to reassure colleagues and students that, at this stage, nothing has changed in relation to their ability to work or study in the UK.

This page holds the latest information for our staff and students in relation to Brexit.  This page will regularly be checked to ensure it is up to date.  Frequently Asked Questions are available below, if however you have any further queries, members of staff should contact or email HR Advice with your concern, students should contact AskUs in the first instance.

Please be assured that the University will continue through its representative body to lobby and work with Parliament and policymakers to ensure the best outcome for UK higher education post Brexit.

You can also see many relevant Frequently Asked Questions on the Universities UK (UUK) website by clicking here at

Existing non-UK EU Staff

Nothing has changed in relation to your ability to work in the UK. If there were to be any changes to your ability to work in the UK in the future, it is unlikely these will come into place until formal agreements have been reached in relation to issues such as freedom of movement. The immigration status of non-UK EU staff has not changed as a result of the referendum so there will be no immediate impact on employment status. We continue to welcome and value our colleagues from the EU and wider as part of our community.

Whether this is the right action for you to take will depend on your personal circumstances. Information is available on the government website.

If you are considering applying for permanent residency then you may find it useful to review the Government guidance on applying for permanent residence

Nothing has changed in relation to your ability to receive NHS medical care in the UK. Again if there were to be any changes in the future relating to access to medical care, we would not expect these to come into place until formal agreements had been reached regarding the status of EU citizens in the UK.

If anyone has any concerns at all please do contact your line manager who will be able to seek advice from your HR business partner or email HR Advice.

All UoS employees can access personal support from the University’s Employee Assistance Programme on a confidential basis. The EAP website offers a wealth of information on a diverse range of topics, including:

  • Home life  
  • Work Life  
  • Emotional Health  
  • Physical Health  
  • Managers' Support  

To find out more about the EAP web resource, click here.

In addition to the web resource, there is also access to a free, confidential telephone support helpline.  If you wish to contact the Support Helpline, call 0800 716 017.  All enquiries are dealt with in the strictest confidence.

If you want to find out more information or guidance about European Economic Area (EEA) national qualified persons information please visit's page here