Message from the Vice-Chancellor
The result of the Referendum to leave the EU has naturally caused a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety.
I can reassure all students, graduates and staff that a number of discussions are already underway both within the University and with senior figures in Government, within higher education, within the professional bodies and here in the city, to assess the issues facing the University as well as individuals within our University community.
We remain committed to working together with other European countries, as well as our international partners, for a better future for all.
We remain committed to the students who are joining us in September and beyond, and to those who are progressing to the next stage of their studies and those moving into their careers. We will continue to support our students in their ambitions of studying abroad and we remain a Globally-engaged University with an agenda to further increase our activities overseas.
We also remain committed to all our staff. We will continue to recruit staff from around the world, including the European Union, and provide a working environment that is supportive of, and celebrates, the diversity of cultures that we value.
We should remember that leaving the EU will not happen overnight – there will be a gradual exit process with significant opportunities for universities to seek assurances and influence future policy.
Once the UK Government invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to begin the process of leaving the EU, a two-year period of negotiation will commence. Throughout this period, the UK will maintain all aspects of its current EU Membership.
We have compiled a list of questions and responses to address concerns that many students and staff will have. If you have any further or particular concerns and would like to talk to someone, we have set up a dedicated helpline and email address for you to contact:
0151 231 3153/54
We will circulate immediate updates as they appear through our social media channels with the hashtag; #LJMUEU
Will the University/UK remain as part of the Erasmus scheme?
Will the tuition fees I have been quoted change now or in the future?
Will I be able to access a tuition fee loan?
I have committed to the University's study abroad scheme, will I still be able to travel and study in the EU?
Will I need a visa to come and study in the UK?
EU-domiciled students and staff do not require a visa to continue studying or working at LJMU for the foreseeable future. We anticipate no change for at least two years while exit negotiations are underway.
Will I be able to work in the UK whilst being a student?
Once the UK Government invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to begin the process of leaving the EU, a two-year period of negotiation will commence. Throughout this period, the UK will maintain all aspects of its current EU Membership. Any changes to working rights in the UK will be decided by the UK government as part of these negotiations.
Will my family be able to come with me?
Once the UK Government invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to begin the process of leaving the EU, a two-year period of negotiation will commence. Throughout this period, the UK will maintain all aspects of its current EU Membership. Any changes to residency rights in the UK will be decided by the UK government as part of these negotiations.
Will I be able to access the National Health Service?
Once the UK Government invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to begin the process of leaving the EU, a two-year period of negotiation will commence. Throughout this period, the UK will maintain all aspects of its current EU Membership. Any changes to access rights in the UK, including health services, will be decided by the UK government as part of these negotiations.
I am concerned about my safety and feel anxious, is there anyone I can talk to?
Student Advice and Wellbeing services are available to support you with any concerns you may have over the coming weeks and months. Staff are available to assist with practical issues as well as emotional issues and concerns. Please drop in to the Aquinas building, Maryland Street, if you wish to speak with a member of staff or alternatively ring 0151 231 3153/54 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have experienced any issues related to hate crime and wish to either receive support or report such an incident, this can be done via the Hate Crime service located within LiverpoolSU.
Further contact details are available here.
Alternatively, you can contact Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625.
I am graduating/have an internship and the position has become unclear, can I access career support?
The World of Work Careers Centre Team will provide you the career support you need as you make the move into your first role after university and then throughout your career.
For further information please see here.
As a non-UK EU national, will I be able to continue my employment in the UK?
Yes, your employment status will remain the same for as long as the UK remains part of the EU. Your immigration status has not changed as a result of the vote. This will remain the case until the Government decides otherwise.
How long will I continue to be able to access EU research funding?
Staff currently undertaking EU funded projects should note that the UK’s status as a full participating member of the Horizon 2020 programme has not changed as a result of the referendum vote and that existing project grants and contracts will be honoured unless or until advised otherwise.
Universities UK (UUK) is liaising with the UK Research Office and the European Commission and institutions are advised that detailed advice on prospective and currently negotiated projects will be circulated as soon as is possible.
Will I need a visa to travel to the EU? Will I need a new passport?
No. While the UK remains part of the EU you will still be able to travel freely in the EU. It is possible that the UK will accept the continuation of free movement in order to retain preferential access to the single market, in which case you will continue to be able to travel freely in the EU.
There are many countries outside the EEA that British citizens can visit for up to 90 days without needing a visa and it is possible that such arrangements could be negotiated with European countries.
Will there be big changes to employment law/worker's rights?
A significant body of employment law in the UK derives from the EU, and over the past decades this has affected workers’ rights across the economy. While a leave vote could in theory allow the Government to amend employment law if it could gain Parliamentary approval, the reality is that the legal framework under which EU-derived employment law is transposed into UK law is complex and will not be straightforward to dismantle even if there is the political will to do so.
Will my pension be affected by the Referendum decision?
It will not be possible to make any changes to pensions legislation that stems from EU law until the UK has actually left the EU after the withdrawal negotiations have concluded.