Imperial is a European university with global reach. Collaborating across borders with people from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities is what drives the world’s best universities.
President Alice Gast has repeatedly affirmed that “Imperial is, and will remain, a European university”. Imperial is providing staff and students with support and regular updates as we work to mitigate and manage the considerable uncertainty surrounding the Brexit process. Our European ambitions remain undimmed. We are growing our European collaborations. We are working to influence decision-makers in Westminster and Brussels as we campaign for access to European research networks and immigration reform that will allow science to thrive.
The current political situation is fast-moving and uncertain. This page and our FAQs will be updated regularly with key developments.
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson has instructed the Home Office and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to work with the scientific community to develop a new fast-track visa route for science, with a view to launching it later this year. More information will be added to our Support for staff pages when it becomes available.
- Government has announced that any Horizon 2020 applications stuck in the approval process when the UK leaves will be automatically assessed by UKRI, rather than the European Commission. Successful applications will be funded by the UK Government for the lifetime of the project. This includes ERC and MSCA calls, as well as the SME instrument. See our Research FAQs for more information.
What happens next?
- 3 September: The House of Commons returns from summer recess.
- 17-18 October: European Council summit.
- 31 October: The new date by which the UK will have had to pass a deal, leave without a deal or request a further extension.
Despite the present Brexit uncertainty a number of guarantees are in place whether the UK leaves the EU with a deal or without one:
- The government will protect the rights of EU/EEA citizens currently living in the UK. Hundreds of our colleagues successfully applied for settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme pilot, and Imperial is continuing to support staff. The scheme is now fully open. EU citizens will be able to enter the UK to visit, work or study after the UK leaves the EU. For stays longer than 3 months, European Temporary Leave to Remain will be required. See our staff FAQs page.
- The government will underwrite all existing EU research funding from Horizon 2020, including existing ERC and MSCA grants. Future Horizon 2020 funding open to third-country participants will also be underwritten. We are urging the government to clarify the status of future ERC and MSCA grants. We continue to support new applications. See our staff FAQs page.
- EU students starting an undergraduate or postgraduate course in 2019/20 and 2020/21 will still be eligible for home fee status and for financial support as at present. See our students' FAQ page.
The EU has confirmed that under a no deal-Brexit UK nationals will be able to enter the EU visa-free for up to 90 days in any 180-day period after the UK leaves the EU, provided EU nationals enjoy the same conditions when travelling to the UK. The UK government has already confirmed that in the event of no-deal EU nationals will be able to stay in the UK for up to 90 days in any 180 day period without a visa.
Information for staff
Imperial is providing information and support to staff as the UK leaves the EU. Find out about the latest information from the UK government, answers to frequently asked questions and contact points for further support.
Information for students
Imperial is working to provide current and future students from the EU/EEA with the latest information on fees, funding and immigration requirements.