Queen Mary and Brexit

Here at Queen Mary, we are proud to be one of the most international universities in the world. Our work and our communities are enriched by a diverse staff and student community, who join us from over 160 countries.

Members of the Queen Mary Senior Executive are engaged in discussions with the government to ensure that the views and the requirements of universities, and of our staff and students, are considered as part of the UK’s approach to negotiations over our exit from the EU.

We continue to emphasise a fundamental commitment to our values and to the achievement of our educational and academic purposes through openness and an international outlook. We benefit greatly from the diversity of perspectives and talents that derives from being such an international institution, and we will work tirelessly to preserve this special character.

Brexit – how will it affect you?

EU citizens

The UK government has confirmed that they have reached an agreement with the EU that safeguards the rights of EU citizens and their families once the UK leaves the EU.

A summary of the EU Settlement Scheme is below. You can find full information on the EU citizens' rights website and in the following pamphlets published by the Home Office:

Citizens' rights

  • All EU Citizens (except Irish citizens) will have to apply for UK residence documentation, regardless of when they arrived in the UK.
  • EU citizens and their family members who have five years’ continuous residence in the UK by 31 December 2020 will be eligible for settled status enabling them to stay indefinitely.
  • EU citizens and their family members who arrive in the UK before 31 December 2020 but have not acquired five years’ continuous residence will be eligible for pre-settled status to allow them to stay long enough to reach the five-year threshold and apply for settled status.
  • Settled and pre-settled status will allow EU citizens and their families to continue to live and work in the UK as now and:
    • Access public services, such as healthcare and schools
    • Access public funds and pensions, according to the same rules as now
    • Apply for British citizenship, if they meet the requirements
  • EU citizens and their family members who arrive after 31 December 2020 will be subject to the immigration rules in place at the time.
  • Irish citizens residing in the UK will not need to apply for settled status. Their rights are rooted in the Ireland Act (1949) which pre-dates membership of the EU, but they may choose to if they so wish.
  • Rights for citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland are currently being negotiated; the intention is that the settlement scheme will also be open to them.

Family dependants

  • Family members of EU citizens who arrive in the UK before 31 December 2020 will be able to apply for settled/pre-settled status as outlined above.
  • Close family members (a spouse, civil partner, durable partner, dependent child or grandchild, and dependent parent or grandparent) living overseas will still be able to join EU citizens resident in the UK after the end of the implementation period, where the relationship existed on 31 December 2020 and continues to exist when the person wishes to come to the UK.
  • Future children of EU citizens will also be protected.
  • Children born in the UK will automatically acquire British citizenship.

Applying for Settled / Pre-Settled status

  • EU citizens looking to remain in the UK will be able to apply for their new status through a new streamlined, user-friendly application scheme, due to launch in late 2018. The scheme will open fully by March 2019.
  • There is no need for EU citizens living in the UK to do anything at this stage, but you can sign up for email updates to receive an alert when there is further news on the application scheme.

Further details, case studies and resources are available on the EU citizens' rights website

Current students

The government has confirmed that they have reached an agreement with the EU that safeguards the rights of EU citizens and their families once the UK leaves the EU.

A summary of the EU Settlement Scheme is above (see EU citizens). You can find full information on the EU citizens' rights website.

It has been confirmed in government statements that current EU students studying at UK universities will pay the same fees as 'home' students for the full duration of their course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.

The government has also confirmed that EU students applying for entry in academic years 2018-19 and 2019-20 will be eligible for home fee status, which means they are charged the same tuition fees as UK students. In 2018 and 2019, the tuition fees for UK and EU students who enrol at Queen Mary University of London will be £9,250. Other non-EU, international students do not have their tuition fees capped in this way.

You can find more information about student finance for EU students on the government website

Prospective students

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting in the 2018-19 and the 2019-20 academic years will continue to be eligible for tuition fee loans and for 'home' fee status for the duration of their study. There is information about EU funding eligibility in our undergraduate funding advice guide.

The government has also confirmed that EU nationals starting PhD courses in the academic year 2018-19 will continue to be eligible for Research Council PhD studentships to help fund their studies for the full duration of their course. This will be the case even if the course finishes after the UK has left the European Union.

The government has also confirmed the rights of EU citizens after the UK leaves the EU - full details are available on their EU citizens' rights website

If you have any further questions, please contact europe@qmul.ac.uk.

Staff

Updates from the Principal to all staff regarding the EU referendum and Brexit can be found on the Principal’s webpage (QMUL login required).

The government has confirmed that there will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK while the UK remains in the EU. They have also confirmed that they have reached an agreement with the EU that safeguards the rights of EU citizens and their families once the UK leaves the EU.

A summary of the EU Settlement Scheme is above (see EU citizens). You can find full information on the EU citizens' rights website.

Researchers 

The UK remains eligible to apply for EU funding, such as Horizon 2020, until the UK exits the European Union. For more information, read our briefing paper on the implications of UK exit on UK participation in EU research and innovation programmes (QMUL login required). 

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