Last updated: 17 February 2020
We are proud to be a global community with students from more than 100 countries studying together here on our UK campus. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our staff and students and also on the welcoming atmosphere here at Lancaster.
The UK's decision to leave the European Union (EU) will result in some changes for some students. However, our international outlook will not alter. In the meantime, we as a university are working hard to influence policy for the benefit of all our staff and students.
The UK government and the European Parliament have approved the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which sets out the terms of the UK's withdrawal from the EU.
The UK is currently in a transition period that will end on 31st December 2020. During the transition period, the UK will seek to finalise many aspects of withdrawal, including a trade deal with the EU.
During this period the UK will effectively remain in the EU's customs union and single market.
What the University is doing to prepare
Since last year a dedicated group of Lancaster University staff, chaired by our Interim Vice-Chancellor, has been monitoring the situation closely to ensure that Lancaster University is as prepared as possible for exiting the EU including the possibility of a no-deal scenario. The aim is to minimise any potential disruption for our students and staff.
As part of our preparations, the University has been focused on:
- Visas and immigration for staff and students
- Maintaining services and supplies to campus– including campus infrastructure such as fuel for heating, IT and food
- Travel for staff and students
- Research and research funding including Horizon 2020
- Student mobility including Erasmus+
- Student fees and funding
For the latest government information on the transition, please visit www.gov.uk/transition.