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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.

Latest News

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  • Talks between the UK and EU on their future relationship are continuing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Both sides have said they are considering access to EU programmes such as Horizon Europe.
  • Government has confirmed that students from the EU, other EEA and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home tuition fee rate. See our student support pages for more information.
  • Following the UK's withdrawal from the EU, there will be a transition period until 31 December 2020 during which no changes to current arrangements with the EU will take place. This means that during 2020:
    • You can continue to travel as before during this time. EU/EEA/Swiss staff should apply to the EU settlement scheme to retain their right to live and work in the UK.
    • UK researchers will continue to be eligible for Horizon 2020 funding. There are still open Horizon 2020 calls including the Green Deal call focusing on the Commission's climate ambitions for Europe. Get in touch with the Imperial EU team to find out more.

What happens next?

  • 28 September - 2 October        UK-EU negotiations continue
  • 15 - 16 October 2020                 European Council Summit
  • 31 December 2020                     End of transition period
  • 10 - 11 December 2020              European Council Summit
  • 1 January 2021                           New immigration system will come into effect 

More information

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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.

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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

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European partnerships

Imperial is intensifying its European collaborations. We have formed a seed fund to support new European research collaborations and are developing new European partnerships, such as those with France’s CNRS research agency and the Technical University Munich.