Update on higher education and research after the EU referendum

Wednesday 29-06-2016 - 11:13

Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science has stated that in light of Brexit that:

“EU and international students make an important contribution to our world-class universities, and our European neighbours are among some of our closest research partners.

There are obviously big discussions to be had with our European partners, and I look forward to working with the sector to ensure its voice is fully represented and that it continues to go from strength to strength.”

Students who are studying in the UK from the EU, or about to start a course in September, will still be eligible to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company. They will continue to receive funding for the duration of their course.

The department have also said that students studying in the EU or taking part on an Erasmus+ programme will not be affected. Additionally, if you’re an existing UK student wanting to study in the EU next academic year, you should see no change to current arrangements.

Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest Research and Innovation programme ever, should see no immediate impact and the UK can continue to apply and participate.

You can read the full BIS statement here

There is an additional statement from Student Finance England here

In the early hours of the 24th June Megan Dunn wrote to the Prime Minister to ask for a range of assurances for EU students studying in the UK and UK students studying in the UK. We are pleased that our initial concerns have been addressed.

We are currently identifying key areas of work where we will need to pressure on the government to assure student protections as we start to make plans to leave the EU. We provide updates over the coming months.

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