Dear Colleagues,

Last night the government’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU was voted down by Parliament and a vote of no confidence in the government will take place tonight. This continuing uncertainty over Brexit is a cause of great anxiety for us all.

Since the 2016 referendum result we have been clear that “Imperial is, and will remain, a European university”. Europe is integral to Imperial’s global future. We remain steadfast in our commitment to this ambition. We are growing our European collaborations. We are working to influence decision-makers in Westminster and Brussels and we are campaigning for access to European research networks and for immigration reform that will allow us to welcome talented people from all over the world.

While the debates and negotiations continue in the UK and Europe we are supporting our community and the College Brexit Advisory Group meets regularly to prepare contingency plans for the impact of different Brexit scenarios on our research and teaching.

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 will continue to support staff when the scheme opens more widely on the 21st January. The government will underwrite payments of Horizon 2020 awards. Our researchers are applying for, and winning, European research funding. Imperial researchers recently won a prestigious ERC Synergy Grant. We will continue to support new applications. And EU students starting an undergraduate or postgraduate course in 2019/20 (the first intake post-Brexit) will still be eligible for Home fee status and for financial support as per existing rules.

Our dedicated Imperial and the European Union webpages have more detailed information and advice on these policy guarantees, and contact details for staff who can help answer specific questions.

Imperial’s excellence in research and education relies on its access to the best people and ideas from everywhere in the world. It always will. We will support our European staff, students and collaborations, whatever political and practical challenges we now face.

Best wishes,

Alice and Ian

Professor Alice P. Gast, President

Professor Ian Walmsley, Provost