EU Referendum

Update from the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research, and Innovation, Jo Johnson, concerning Horizon 2020 projects.

Jo Johnson confirmed in late July 2017 the UK 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 delivered a speech at the formal ratification of the Instruct-ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) in London. Mr Johnson stressed that the underwrite applies to both projects that are on-going at the point of the UK's EU exit, and funding that is applied for before the UK's exit and is subsequently successful. He also confirmed that the underwrite includes Horizon 2020 calls with two-stage procedures, as long as the first application is submitted before the UK leaves the EU. The Minister also acknowledged that there are details to be worked on within the wider context of the negotiations.
Further details will be provided on this as they emerge

    27 June 2017 Update: Government seek to provide EU citizens with certainty about their future in the UK

    On 26 June, the Government released a paper outlining a negotiating offer for EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU, outlining their rights and status after the UK leaves the EU.

    • No EU citizen here lawfully before the cut off date, which is yet to be agreed, will have to leave as a result of the UK leaving the EU. The specified cut off date is yet to be determined but will be between 29 March 2017 (when article 50 was invoked) and the date the UK exits the EU.
    • The Government’s intention is that EU citizens who have been continuously resident here for five years before the cut off date, will be eligible to apply for a new ‘settled status’.
    • EU citizens who arrived before the cut off date but haven’t been here for five years will be able to apply for temporary residence status until they have accumulated five years continuous residence, after which they will be able to apply for settled status.
    • EU citizens who come to the UK after the cut off date will be able to stay for a temporary period but may then be subject to a new post-Brexit immigration regime, yet to be determined.
    • EU citizens with permanent residence status will not be exempt from the requirement to apply for settled status but may benefit from a streamlined application process.
    • Settled status would generally be lost if a person was absent from the UK for more than two years, unless they have strong ties here.
    • Family dependants who are living with or join EU citizens before the UK’s exit will be able to apply for settled status after five years in the UK too.
    • Irish citizens residing in the UK will not need to apply for settled status to protect their entitlements.

    The UK will exit the EU in March 2019, but at the present moment there is no need to do anything. In 2018, there will be a new application system opening where EU citizens will need to apply to the Home Office for residence documentation.

    For a brief summary please review the factsheet of the Government’s offer.

    Please review the policy paper for full details of the Government’s offer.

    Update from Vice-Chancellor Mark E. Smith - 29 March 2017

    As you will no doubt be aware, the Government has today (Wednesday 29th March) triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the formal two-year mechanism by which we will leave the European Union.

    During these two years, the UK will remain a member of the EU and there will be no immediate change for universities, however it goes without saying that our relationship with Europe will change in the years ahead in some ways.

    What this means for us at Lancaster University, and across the higher education sector as a whole, is still far from clear. However Brexit will not affect our University’s excellent global reputation, our progress and our commitment to being as welcoming as ever to the most talented staff and students from across Europe and around the World.

    To view the full statement from 29 March 2017 click here.

    Over the coming weeks, we will be doing more work to fully understand what lies behind the themes coming out of the Staff Survey. This will include ‘World Café’ style events for you to share your views – when confirmed, we’ll share the dates on this page and in LU Text.

    Upcoming events

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    Lancaster University Statement December 2016

    The future impact of the EU Referendum outcome remains unclear for the sector, Lancaster and the country as a whole. It is essential that we stay true to our ‘We Are Lancaster’ principles and remain as welcoming as ever to the most talented staff and students from across Europe and around the world.

    As a globally focused institution, Lancaster University is committed to continue its tradition as a welcoming, diverse and international community that comprises staff and students from 142 countries around the world. As we approach the triggering of Article 50, formally beginning the separation process, we know that the negotiations will take around 2 years before the final agreement is known. The University will continue to work with government and policy makers as the UK exits the EU in order to protect the best interests of our staff and students, and to ensure Lancaster continues to be a welcoming destination for the brightest and best minds.

    To view the full Lancaster University statement from December 2016 click here.

    A summary of the themes arising from the Staff Survey can be seen in the Vice-Chancellor’s message on 9 March 2017.

    Package of support for staff

    Interest free loan

    From 1 November 2016 the University is able to provide an interest free loan to assist current staff and their dependants with payment of UK visa or residency and/or healthcare surcharges.

    Further information about the interest free loan and the application form are available here.

    Employee Assistance Programme

    In addition to the above all employees have access to the Employee Assistance Programme.

    There is also the ‘We Are Lancaster’ campaign which we are running across the University, and the city, which looks to build on our inclusivity and promote internationalism.

    Lancashire County Council - Settlement Checking Service

    Lancashire County Council currently offer a checking facility for applicants who wish to submit a SET(M) application and supporting documents to the Home Office to obtain permission to settle permanently (also known as indefinite leave to remain) in the UK. The current fee for this service is £80 for adults and £10 for children under the age of 18.

    What is included:

    Lancashire County Council will check your application is complete and that all the necessary supporting documents have been included.

    To be eligible to apply for the Settlement Checking Service applicants must:

    • have 28 days or less remaining on their Visa
    • have been resident in the UK for two years
    • be a spouse or partner of a British citizen or a person already settled in the UK

    If you would like further information regarding this service please view the website or alternatively if you would like to book an appointment please call Lancashire County Council directly on 0300 123 6705 or 01772 221621 and ask for the Settlement Checking Service.

    Briefing sessions

    It is important to note that there is no immediate impact on the principle of freedom of movement and the rights of nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland to live and work in the UK. However, at the staff listening events held in July 2016, staff told us that they are considering taking steps to protect their position and were looking to the University for practical support with immigration issues.

    As a result a series of 2 hour briefing sessions were scheduled in November and December 2016 to provide all international staff with practical information on immigration issues. Each briefing session covered guidance on completing the application form, the application process, eligibility requirements, common pitfalls and a question and answer session. The specific briefing sessions were held on the following topics and the slides used during the session are also available below:

    1. EEA permanent residency

    Click to view the EEA permanent residency briefing slides

    2. British citizenship/naturalisation

    Click to view the naturalisation briefing slides

    3. Indefinite leave to remain

    Click to view the indefinite leave to remain briefing slides

    EU Referendum FAQs

    Following the start of the Brexit negotiations and the Government’s recently outlined proposal to safeguard EU national’s rights, the University’s retained solicitors, Mills and Reeve have put together a guide for staff. The briefing document outlines some of the frequently asked questions which will be of interest to EEA Nationals regarding the EU Referendum.

    The document covers themes relating to UK government proposals for EU citizens living in the UK, permanent residence and British citizenship. Whilst we hope you find this information useful in answering some of the questions you may have, the University cannot endorse any advice provided in the briefing and the FAQs are for general guidance and not a substitute for any individual advice.

    We will continue you update you with any information and guidance we receive which might be of use.

    Contact Us

    If you are a member of staff with questions about how the outcome of the EU Referendum affects you, email

    Useful links are also available in the 'information and resources' menu to the top right of this page.

    Last updated 04/05/17 (HRDO)

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