As you will be very well aware, in yesterday’s referendum the UK voted to leave the European Union. While the School maintained a position of institutional neutrality throughout the referendum campaign, this is not the result that the HE sector at large, nor many of us here at LSE, wanted to see.
I am sure, regardless of your personal position on the UK’s place within the EU, this outcome has left you with many questions.
First, I want to provide you with a firm commitment that the Senior Leadership Team will be considering the implications of the decision for the School over the comings, days, weeks and months as the details become known, and that those implications will be made know to you.
Second, I want to reassure you that we expect short term change to be minimal. We have already taken the decision to maintain the current level of fees for EU students who are registered at the School in 2016/17, either as a new or continuing students. And LSE will continue to charge the home rate for tuition fees for all subsequent years of their programme.
No decision has yet been made for EU students starting at LSE in 2017/18.
We will be working with you all, as well as our partners and external advisors to understand and manage the effects that leaving the EU will have. We remain committed to delivering the School’s mission and objectives as set out in the LSE Strategy 2020 and will endeavour to manage any disruption. LSE will remain one of the world’s foremost sources of knowledge about Europe, just as it will remain a national and a global leader in social science and public knowledge.
A further update will be provided as soon as next steps for the sector are clearer and we know more.
Craig Calhoun Julia Black
LSE Director Interim Director (from 1 September 2016)