Dear Colleagues,

Like many of you we are concerned by the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit. Our European staff, students and collaborators are a vital part of what makes Imperial a global leader in science and innovation.

The Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the Future Relationship between the UK and the EU are now being debated in Parliament ahead of a vote next Tuesday 11th December. While it is hard to know what the final outcome will be, we will not stop working to support our community and we will make every effort to ensure that we are prepared for the possibilities.

The College will support and pay the application fee for all EU staff who wish to take part in the EU Settled Status Scheme pilot. You can find more information at the ‘Support for Staff’ section on our website. The deadline for applications to the pilot scheme is Friday 21st December. The College Brexit Advisory Group is preparing contingency plans for the impact of different Brexit scenarios on our supply chains and has issued guidance to departments.

While we prepare for the short term impact of Brexit we are ambitious about the future. We are advocating for full access to Horizon Europe, including eligibility for European Research Council grants. We encourage you to apply for European research grants, to recruit European staff and students, and to forge new partnerships. We have many individuals and groups collaborating with European institutions and this year we have forged major partnerships with the Technical University of Munich and the CNRS, France’s and Europe’s largest fundamental research agency.

We are determined to keep welcoming talented people from all over the world to enrich our campus and enhance our education and research. We hope that you will continue to share your concerns about Brexit with us, and send us your ideas for forging future relationships in Europe and the rest of the world.

We will update you again after the Parliamentary vote on the Withdrawal Agreement. In the meantime please visit our dedicated Imperial and European Union webpages for updated information, advice and contact details for staff who can assist with specific issues. You can also sign up for a weekly Brexit Briefing which contains updates on recent events and details of College activity.

Best wishes,

Alice and Ian

Professor Alice P. Gast, President

Professor Ian Walmsley, Provost