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Staff affected by Brexit

18 April 2017

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As part of our ongoing work to provide support and information to staff that are impacted by the UK’s decision to leave the EU, and in response to staff feedback, the University is adding to the support we put in place last year.

Loan scheme extended

First I am pleased to confirm that the short term loan scheme announced last year is to be kept open until further notice.   This scheme offers an interest free loan to assist staff who make a decision to apply for citizenship, residency or who feel they need to meet the costs of legal advice. In offering this loan the University is seeking to provide choice to individual members of staff to respond to the Referendum decision in a way that they feel is best for them and their families. It is though important to note that the University is not encouraging staff to take up these options which may ultimately prove unnecessary depending upon the outcome of Article 50 negotiations. You will find further information and an application form on our loan scheme web page

Family Networking Event to take place on Saturday 20 May 2017

In response to feedback from our initial immigration information sessions, the University is organising this event as an opportunity for staff and their families to share learning and experiences with others affected by the Brexit vote. The event will take place in The Gulbenkian from 10am till 4pm and will include refreshments (pastries on arrival and a light sandwich lunch at 12.30). Please note that this event is open to all staff and their families.

As well as a chance to network and share experience on relevant topics, Kesar & Co Solicitors will be on hand throughout the event to provide information. There will also be entertainment for children including film screenings (Ratatouille and Harry Potter), drama and craft activities.

As we have booked Kesar & Co Solicitors for the whole day there will also be a limited number of slots for short one to one/family appointments in the afternoon which will be allocated on a “first come first served” basis.  These slots will be 20 minutes long only and can be booked in advance by making a request to Please note that there will be no entertainment for children after 2pm and so unless different personal arrangements can be made, children will also need to be present at these appointments.

Please put the date in your diaries and, to help us plan around potential numbers,  let us know as soon as possible whether you intend to  attend, and would like to receive further information about this event in due course.  Please respond using the email address

Information is also available on the HR EU Referendum web site If you have specific queries that are not answered there, please do email us at


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