Imperial is a European university with global reach. Collaborating across borders with people from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities is what drives the world’s best universities.
President Alice Gast has repeatedly affirmed that “Imperial is, and will remain, a European university”. Imperial is providing staff and students with support and regular updates as we work to mitigate and manage the considerable uncertainty surrounding the Brexit process. Our European ambitions remain undimmed. We are growing our European collaborations. We are working to influence decision-makers in Westminster and Brussels as we campaign for access to European research networks and immigration reform that will allow science to thrive.
The current political situation is fast-moving and uncertain. This page and our FAQs will be updated regularly with key developments.
- Wednesday 20 March: The Prime Minister has written to EU Council President Donald Tusk to formally request an extension to the Brexit process until 30 June. She will also seek to bring a third 'meaningful vote' on her Brexit deal before the House of Commons.
What happens next?
- Thursday 21 March: The Prime Minister will travel to Brussels for the EU council meeting where the extension will be discussed by EU leaders.
- w/b 25 March: The Government suggested a vote could take place this week on a Brexit deal.
Despite the present Brexit uncertainty, a number of guarantees are in place whether the UK leaves the EU with a deal or without one:
- The government will protect the rights of EU/EEA citizens currently living in the UK. Hundreds of our colleagues successfully applied for settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme pilot, and Imperial is continuing to support staff as the scheme opens fully on 30 March. EU citizens will be able to enter the UK to visit, work or study after 29 March 2019. For stays longer than 3 months, European Temporary Leave to Remain will be required. See our staff FAQs page.
- The government will underwrite EU research funding from Horizon 2020 open to third-country participants. We are urging the government to the clarify status of future ERC and MSCA grants, while existing grants will be underwritten. We continue to support new applications. See our staff FAQs page.
- EU students starting an undergraduate or postgraduate course in 2019/20 will still be eligible for home fee status and for financial support as at present. See our students' FAQ page.
Information for staff
Imperial is providing information and support to staff as the UK leaves the EU. Find out about the latest information from the UK government, answers to frequently asked questions and contact points for further support.
Information for students
Imperial is working to provide current and future students from the EU/EEA with the latest information on fees, funding and immigration requirements.