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Date published: March 17, 2017

A message from the Vice-Chancellor: an update on Brexit

Dear student,

As you know, the outcome of the referendum in June 2016 was a decision for the UK to leave the European Union. We want to reassure you that, at this stage, nothing has changed in relation to your ability to work or study in the UK.  

We are committed to an inclusive and diverse staff and student community as set out in our new Inclusion and Diversity Strategy and as such staff and students from the EU, and wider, remain most welcome.  

We’ll update this web page area as things change to ensure it holds the latest information.  Access to support for you is outlined below.

You can also see many relevant Frequently Asked Questions below and on the Universities UK (UUK) website by clicking here at http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/policy-and-analysis/brexit/Pages/brexit-faqs.aspx

If you have any concerns, please contact our askUS desk who will be happy to help.

Kind regards

Professor Helen Marshall

Vice-Chancellor

IMMIGRATION STATUS OF EXISTING NON-UK EU STUDENTS

Does the referendum result affect my immigration status?

If you are currently enrolled at the University of Salford, your immigration status and associated fee status, as well as your access to the student loan book, have not changed as a result of the vote. 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.

We continue to welcome and value our students from the EU and wider as part of our community.

At this stage, there is also no change to the immigration status of future students who have a place to start at the University in the academic year 2017/18.

Will my tuition fees rise during my degree programme?

If you are an EU student and begin your studies in September 2017 (or before) you will pay the same fees as a UK home student for the duration of your course (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions).

The UK government has provided more information at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/funding-support-for-eu-students

How will my immigration status be affected when Britain leaves the EU?

At present this is unclear. We will work to influence policy in this area and will update and support you as the situation develops.

Am I eligible for tuition fee loans from the Student Loans Company (SLC)?

The referendum result has not had any impact on current eligibility for tuition fee loans or maintenance loans. For more information, please refer to the statement from Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, on the SLC website.

Can I still apply for the Erasmus+ scheme?

UCL research students can continue to apply for the Erasmus+ scheme, and our understanding is that there will be no change to the funding allocation process until a specific new agreement is reached.

Will my Horizon2020 or ERC grant be affected? Is it worth applying for new Horizon2020 or ERC grants?

UCL research staff and students can continue to apply for EU-funded grants, and our understanding is that there will be no change to the funding allocation process until a specific new agreement is reached.

Will I be able to work while in the UK?

Nothing has changed in relation to your ability to work in the UK at present. If there were to be any changes to your ability to work in the UK in the future, we would not expect these to come into place until formal agreements have been reached in relation to issues such as freedom of movement.

Will I have to pay for medical care?

Nothing has changed in relation to your ability to receive NHS medical care in the UK at present. 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 have been reached regarding the status of EU citizens in the UK.  

What additional help is available to support the wellbeing of current students?

We understand that this has been a worrying time for international students. We offer a full wellbeing service, which can support you if concerns about Brexit (or any other matter) have starting to feel overwhelming. We also offer money advice and careers support which can help you understand the current position and any changes that come about in the future. To find out more visit the website at www.askus.salford.ac.uk and to access the service contact askUS on askUS@salford.ac.uk , 0161 295 0023 or come and speak to us at University House, Peel campus.

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