Impact of European Union referendum vote

We will continue to pursue our mission of excellence in education and research within this new context. We remain committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming of students and staff from all countries - and a university where you can find the world in one place.

The UK’s decision to leave the EU will take some time to put into effect and we will be working to ensure that we are responding to developments as they unfold over the coming weeks and months. I would like to reassure current and prospective staff and students from the EU that your immigration status has not changed at this time. Our study abroad offer and participation in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus also remain unchanged.

This page is designed to answer the questions you may have and we will keep it updated as further information emerges.

Anthony Forster
Vice-Chancellor

EU students

The vote to leave the EU will change some trade, travel and work arrangements between the UK and certain European nations, but our welcome to EU and international students will remain as warm as ever.

Fees and tuition fee loans

If you're a current student from an EU country outside the UK, or are starting your course in 2017, you will pay the same fees as Home (UK) students for the duration of your course.

The government has confirmed that EU students starting in 2017 who are eligible for a loan will still receive it for the duration of their course.

Immigration and visas

The current free movement principle for citizens of the European Economic Area still applies, and will do so until the various laws governing immigration are repealed or reformed.

There will be no immediate change to the current immigration system or your options to work in the UK. Any new changes will take at least two years to be implemented. As details become clearer, we will keep you fully informed.

We provide extensive information on UK immigration.

Erasmus students

Students from the UK and the EU are still eligible for their Erasmus grants. If you’re interested in taking part in the Erasmus programme in the future and you’re already a student, or if you’re thinking about applying in 2017, you will also be eligible to study under the Erasmus programme.

Who to contact

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

EU staff

There will be no immediate change in any of the current immigration systems. As details of any future changes become clearer, we will keep you fully informed.

The briefings below have been prepared by lawyer Alex Russell, Principal Associate at Mills & Reeve, specialists in immigration and employment matters with experience in advising higher education institutions.

You can also read a round-up of the initial all-staff meeting on the Vice-Chancellor's blog.

If you wish to apply for a document certifying permanent residence in the UK, you can find the application form and guidance notes on the GOV.UK website.

Who to contact

If you have any questions or concerns, please email registrar@essex.ac.uk

We will continue to pursue our mission of excellence in education and research within this new context.

Current EU-funded projects will continue as planned. The current research programme cycle will end on 31 December 2020. We expect UK universities to continue to be able to access EU programmes on the same basis until then. We will work with the appropriate agencies to ensure further information is available as appropriate.

Further information