On 24th June 2016, the result of a referendum in the UK as to whether it should remain part of the European Union was declared. The decision was that the UK should leave the EU.
Once the UK triggered Article 50, this started a minimum 2-year exit period from the EU. Within this time, the UK needs to re-negotiate with the EU on matters such as trade and free movement of people, workers and students.
Whilst the results of those negotiations are unknown as yet, the UK Government and the Student Loans Company have confirmed that current students and prospective 2018 starter students will be allowed to study and receive support from the EU for the duration of their course.
The important facts:
- The UK's exit from the EU will take at least 2 years, within which time the UK is still bound by EU regulations. The SLC has confirmed that current students will continue to be funded in the normal way, including 2018/19 starters.
- The UK Government historically protects students' rights under the same regulations under which they started their course, allowing them to complete their courses. The UK Government's statements have also now confirmed this, so as long as you progress through your course, you will continue to be funded.
- Universities UK are working on behalf of all universities to convince the Government to take steps to ensure that students (and staff) from EU countries can continue to work and study at British Universities following the UK's exit from the EU after the 2-year period has lapsed. The University of Sunderland is working with Universities UK on behalf of our EU students (and staff).