Dear Colleagues,

As the UK formally leaves the EU this Friday 31 January we immediately enter a transition period where all existing arrangements between the UK and EU stay the same until December 31, 2020. You can continue to travel as you do now and you can participate fully in Horizon 2020.

Imperial is, and will remain, a European university. We will continue to collaborate closely with our European and global partners in education, research and innovation – recognising that this is central to the future success of Imperial and UK science as a whole.

Next week the UK and EU will enter a new phase of negotiations over their future relationship. Both have singled out research and innovation as an area for continued collaboration. This week the UK government took an important step towards fulfilling their commitment to science and research with the announcement of a Global Talent Visa for leading scientists and researchers. We have long campaigned for this policy and it is a welcome announcement.

We will continue to advocate strongly for access to European research networks and immigration reform that will allow science to thrive. We have made our position clear in The Times today: ‘…our participation in the European Commission’s Horizon Europe research funding programme must be settled in the next phase of negotiations with Brussels’. We take every opportunity to highlight the immense value of our research collaborations to the UK public and our European colleagues. Just last week an Imperial-led international research consortium was awarded a major EU grant to develop new diagnostic tests for many serious health conditions.

We will work with the government and colleagues across the research community to develop a new immigration system that supports and strengthens the UK’s role as a world leader in science. This means recognising the immense contribution our EEA staff at all levels make to teaching and research across our campuses. We are advocating for full association to the Horizon Europe scheme, including the European Research Council and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grants, and to ensure this remains a priority in the negotiations.

In the coming months, EU, EEA and Swiss staff who have not already done so should apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, which will allow citizens resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 to seek settled (or pre-settled) status. More details about the scheme can be found in our EU Settlement Scheme FAQs.

We will continue to keep you updated on developments in the coming months. If you have any questions or ideas, please do not hesitate to contact us through our dedicated email address: We encourage you to keep visiting our Imperial and the European Union webpages for regular updates and advice and access to our weekly Brexit Briefings and additional resources. 

Best wishes,

Alice and Ian

Professor Alice P. Gast, President

Professor Ian Walmsley, Provost