Following the referendum in June 2016 on the UK’s membership in the EU, the University of Kent is committed to supporting students and staff in this transition period.
The Department for Education has announced that EU students applying for university places in the 2017-18 academic year will still have access to student funding support. The Student Loans Company (SLC) has clarified that EU nationals currently in receipt of loans and EU nationals intending to start in 2017 who have been assessed as eligible to receive loans will receive these loans for the duration of their programme
The government has announced that the research councils will continue to fund PhD students from the EU who start their courses in 2017-18. The funding will continue for the duration of their study, even if the UK leaves the EU during their time of study.
EU students’ immigration status and associated fee status, as well as their access to the student loan book, have not changed as a result of the vote. The same is true for both EU students on ERASMUS programmes at Kent and UK students on ERASMUS programmes in the EU.
Staff research enquiries
A number of colleagues have asked about how the Referendum result affects the UK’s ability to access European research funding, Horizon 2020. The UK is still a member state, and will remain so until the Article 50 negotiations are completed, and therefore staff at UK institutions can apply as they have always done. In addition David Cameron has confirmed that research contracts signed before the date on which the UK leaves the EU will be honoured through to the end.
We would encourage all those considering applying for European funding to continue with their plans. Not only is it an excellent source of funding, and facilitates incredibly productive collaborations, but it demonstrates that Kent is outward looking, engaged, and will remain the UK’s European university.
For help and advice on applying to the EC for funding, do talk to your Faculty Funding Officers, as follows:
The terms of Brexit are as yet unknown and we are following developments closely. This includes at present uncertainty around the future funding arrangements of the Erasmus+ programme.
The University of Kent is working closely with the UK’s Erasmus National Agency as well as other national and European bodies to lobby strongly for the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ Programme post-Brexit.
We very much hope that this can be achieved. However, in the event that this is not possible the University remains committed to supporting student mobility opportunities and is exploring ways in which we may continue to realise this aim.
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