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    The EU Referendum/Brexit

    In a referendum on 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. The next step for the country is to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union to begin negotiations over a period of two years to exit the European Union.

    The Government made the following announcement on 11 October 2016 that "European Union students applying for university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will still have access to student funding support".

    There are further details in the statement below.

    Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Blackman, made the following statement on 26 June 2016:

    A global outlook is a defining characteristic of our vibrant and diverse University and we are proud to have students and staff from more than 140 countries as part of our Middlesex community.

    Following today’s EU Referendum result, we will continue to support and champion the valuable contribution that everyone makes to Middlesex. Although the outcome is not the one that our Board of Governors and no doubt many of you would have wished for, we respect the decision of the UK electorate.

    Leaving the EU will not happen overnight. There will be a gradual exit process, and we will work with other universities and the UK Government to ensure there is as little disruption as possible. The next step for the UK is to enter into a two-year negotiation with the other Member States, during which time the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU will be decided, as well as what European cooperative arrangements the UK will stay part of.

    Until we are able to receive further clarity on the broader implications, I thought it would be helpful to clarify some key areas:

    • Current EU students - The immigration status and associated fee status of our current EU students, as well as access to student loans, have not changed as a result of the vote. Middlesex University has taken the decision to maintain your current level of EU fees for the remainder of your course.

      Student Finance England has also announced that EU nationals who are currently studying here, and who are eligible to receive loans/or grants from them will continue to receive these loans until the end of their course. You can read the full text of their statement here.

    • EU students with a place to start in academic year 2016/17 - At this stage there is no reason to assume any change to your immigration status and the UK government has confirmed that there will be no change to your access to student loans. Middlesex University has also taken the decision to maintain your current level of EU fees for the entirety of your course.
    • EU students with a place to start in academic year 2017/18 - At this stage there is no reason to assume any change to your immigration status and the UK government has confirmed that there will be no change to your access to student loans.
    • EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme - The immigration status of Erasmus students has not changed, and you will continue to be eligible for your Erasmus grant until at least as long as we remain a member of the EU, and possibly beyond this.
    • UK students studying in the EU and elsewhere under the Erasmus programme - The immigration status of UK students currently studying under the Erasmus programme has not changed, and you continue to be eligible for your Erasmus grant until at least as long as we remain a member of the EU, and possibly beyond this.
      The umbrella body for UK universities, Universities UK (UUK), is liaising with the British Council as National Agency for Erasmus+ and the University has been advised to check the Erasmus+ websites regularly for updates, including student-focused communications.

    Next steps
    We will continue working closely with Universities UK and the broader sector to understand and mitigate the risks to Middlesex, and will provide further updates as these issues are addressed. Universities UK have now produced a summary of frequently asked questions, which you can access via their website.

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