Winchester and Europe
We want to assure current and prospective students and staff that we are deeply commited to having a truly European outlook. You can read a statement below from our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joy Carter, which sets out our position.
Universities UK has a really helpful FAQs section on their website with the latest developments which you can find here.
A statement from our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joy Carter
"Following the outcome of the referendum, I wanted to reassure you that Winchester remains, as ever, a university with a European outlook. We are proud to have European staff and students and we will continue to carry out research with European colleagues and to facilitate exchanges and partnerships.
"We are working closely with the Government, GuildHE and Universities UK to understand the implications for the sector and to advocate an ongoing, strong link between our universities and Europe. This morning I met with the universities minister, Jo Johnson, who reassured me that there will be no immediate changes. In particular, we believe that the immigration and fee status of existing staff and students from EU Member States will remain unchanged at least during the two-year period the UK now enters to agree the terms of our exit. Also, at this stage, we believe there will be no change to the immigration status or access to loans of EU students due to start in September 2016.
"We are committed to continuing to be a university with a global outlook. You can be sure that we will keep you informed as and when more information is available."
Professor Joy Carter DL
University of Winchester
What we know - latest updates on Brexit for students and staff
Below is a summary of what we know to-date.
EU Nationals and student finance in England
EU students who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so for courses they are currently enrolled on or about to start this coming year. The Master's Loans launched today are also still available to eligible EU students. EU students will continue to receive funding for the duration of their courses. Information on the eligibility criteria, including residency rules, is available. The SLC have provided more information at 'EU Nationals and Student Finance in England'
Further future funding arrangements with the EU will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership and we will provide what updates and clarity we can.
EU student/staff status
We would like to reassure current EU students that even if the Government decides to alter the fee status of EU students, the University will maintain the same fee levels for students who are currently studying with us until the end of their programme of study.
As the Prime Minister has stated, there will be no immediate changes following the EU Referendum, including in the circumstances of British citizens living in the EU, and European citizens living here. This includes those studying or working at UK universities.
For students, visitors, businesses and entrepreneurs who are already in the UK or who wish to come here, there will be no immediate change to our visa policies.
The referendum result does not affect students studying in the EU, beneficiaries of Erasmus+ or those considering applying in 2017. The UK's future access to the Erasmus+ programme will be determined as a part of wider discussions with the EU.
More broadly, existing UK students studying in the EU, and those looking to start in the next academic year, will continue to be subject to current arrangements.
Horizon 2020 research funding
The referendum result has no immediate effect on those applying to or participating in Horizon 2020. UK participants can continue to apply to the programme in the usual way. The future of UK access to European science funding will be a matter for future discussions. Government is determined to ensure that the UK continues to play a leading role in European and international research.