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Brexit Update from Students' Union President and Interim Vice-Chancellor


Dear students,

As you will be aware, the UK is on track to leave the EU this Friday 31 January. We understand that for some of you this may be a challenging and uncertain time. We want to reassure you the University is committed to supporting you through any challenges that arise as the UK leaves the EU and negotiations on the UK’s future relationship with the EU go forward. At Middlesex we are so proud to have a uniquely diverse and vibrant student and staff body and will always remain welcoming to people from across the world.

When the UK leaves the EU on Friday it will enter into an eleven month transition period. During this transition period, although no longer a member of the EU, the UK will keep a similar relationship in place until the end of December 2020. This means that you should not see immediate changes to daily life and will specifically ensure that:

  • EU, EEA or Swiss citizens and their family members who are living in the UK before 31 December 2020 will be eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 (more information below)
  • Students and staff can continue to participate in Erasmus+ and receive funding for the duration of their projects
  • EU students starting courses in 2020/21 will remain eligible for home fee status and student support for the duration of their courses.

The Settlement Scheme mentioned above enables EU nationals that have lived continuously in the UK for at least five years to live, work and study in the UK for as long as they like. This is called “settled status”. EU nationals who have lived in the UK for less than five years will be able to apply for pre-settled status through the Scheme, which enables them to stay in the UK until they meet the five-year residency requirement needed to apply for settled status. Those eligible can apply here.

For EU citizens arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020, the government will introduce a new Australian-style points-based system from January 2021. Middlesex is working with Government and other decision makers to influence the new system and we will continue to update colleagues and students communicate as more information becomes available.

There are many resources at your disposal including the below:

  • UniHelp - your first port of call for general student enquiries
  • Student Support and Wellbeing - advice and support, including counselling
  • Legal Advice Centre - offers free advice for all members of the MDX community including advice on the potential effects of Brexit on immigration status.You can also find out more on our dedicated Brexit page on UniHub, and for the latest information on getting ready for Brexit, check out: www.gov.uk/brexit

With all best wishes,

Anas Badar – MDXSU President

James Kennedy – Interim Vice-Chancellor

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