EU Referendum result Q&A for LSE staff and students

LSE Old Building on Houghton Street

Following the UK vote to leave the EU on Thursday 23 June, we expect short-term change to be minimal. Leaving the EU will not happen overnight – there will be a gradual exit process over a two year period with significant opportunities to seek assurances and influence future policy.

October 2016: LSE’s School Management Committee has undertaken analysis of the School’s position,  you can find the progress report here.

LSE remains committed to being a truly international community of staff and students.  We are proud of our openness and diversity and are doing everything that we can to ensure that we can preserve the very special community that we are.

How will this affect current students?

The immigration status of all EU students, along with fee status and access to student loans, has not changed as a result of the vote. This will remain the case until the UK Government decides otherwise

Will this affect student fees?

The Government has confirmed that students from other EU countries who are currently at UK universities and those starting in 2017 will pay the same fee as UK students for the duration of their studies.

Will LSE bursaries for EU students be affected?

Current EU students, and EU students starting in 2016-17 and 2017-18, will be eligible for the same LSE bursaries as at present.

How will this affect student loans for EU students?

The Government has confirmed that students from other EU countries who are currently at UK universities and those starting in 2016-17 will receive student loan support for the duration of their course.

The Government has also announced that EU students applying for a place at English universities in 2017-18 will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants for the duration of their course.

Will there be any changes to Erasmus?

The immigration status of EU students has not changed as a result of the vote. Students will continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grant until at least as long as the UK remains a member of the EU. The Universities Minister has confirmed that it won’t affect students considering applying in 2017

Depending on EU-UK discussions, it could extend beyond this.

Will this affect students from outside the EU?

The referendum result has no implications for the immigration status or associated fee status of students from outside the EU. The current arrangements will continue.

How might this impact student careers internationally?

EU Students will continue to be able to take advantage of the free movement of workers within the EU as long as the UK remains a member.  This will remain the case until the Government decides otherwise but it is not likely there will be a change to this within the next two years.

Regardless of any potential changes to rules on free movement of labour, LSE Careers has excellent relationships with many international recruiters, and all LSE students will be in a strong position to access opportunities both inside and outside the EU.

For current LSE students and graduates, LSE Careers offers one to one advice and guidance. For more information see a blog from the Director of LSE Careers, Jenny Blakesley.

How will this affect LSE’s partnership with Sciences Po and the current double degree? 

Students on Sciences Po double degrees due to start at LSE in 2016/17 and 2017-18 are already confirmed and will not be affected.

LSE already has a number of successful international partnerships and double-degree courses with universities outside the EU.

We expect that the partnership with Sciences Po, and the double degree, will continue to thrive after any Government decisions on EU negotiations.

I am from an EU member state working here under freedom of movement what will happen to my terms of employment?

The immigration status of staff has not changed as a result of the vote so there will be no immediate impact on employment status. Please see further reassurance provided by the UK Government here.

Indications at this stage are of no long-term change, but this is for the UK Government to decide

Negotiations on the UK exit from the EU are not likely to start until at least October 2016 and are likely to extend for two years. It is unlikely there will be any change before then.

Will I need to get a visa to remain?

The immigration status for EU staff has not changed. This will not change prior to the UK leaving the EU, which may take up to two years or more.

Any long term changes to the status of EU workers will depend on future decisions by the UK Government in discussion with the EU, but there are positive early indications.

If you would like to apply for permanent residence, please see the information on how to make an application on the UKVI website and scroll to the bottom of the page to the section called ‘getting permanent residence’.  If you need a letter to confirm your employment at LSE, please email the HR Division to request one.

What support is the School providing?

The School will reimburse the cost of a postal permanent residence application.  The reimbursement will be for one year in the first instance and applications made within the period 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2017 will be eligible for reimbursement.

Staff who wish to apply in-person using the UKVI’s premium service may apply for an interest-free loan, repayable over 12 months, to help them cover the additional cost. In addition, staff may apply for an interest-free loan to help them cover the application fees for the applications of their dependants.

To claim your reimbursement, please bring the receipt for your application to the HR Division, where you will be asked to complete and sign a claims form.

If you wish to apply for a loan to cover the application costs of either using the UKVI’s premium service, or applying for permanent residency for your dependants’, please contact Payroll to make the arrangements.

For any staff who feel their circumstances mean that they need ‘one-to-one’ advice on the options available to them (depending on levels of interest), HR will either arrange a drop-in session or a direct phone conversation with the lawyer. Please email HR.Visas@lse.ac.uk to express an interest.

What will happen to existing research project funding?

The HM Treasury has agreed to underwrite the payments of Horizon 2020 grants signed whilst the UK remains a member of the EU for projects that continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU. More information can be found at the following links:

What does this mean for future research funding?

 UK researchers are able to continue to make applications to Horizon 2020 until any withdrawal from the EU is complete.

The extent of UK participation in future EU research programmes will depend on domestic decisions by the UK Government, and negotiations with the EU. The Government has stated that it is “determined to ensure that the UK continues to play a leading role in European and international research.”

Colleagues in the Research Division will be in contact with officials in Brussels to seek clarifications wherever that is possible.  The School will also work with our partners in the Russell Group to push the UK government to clarify the position of the UK science community with respect to the EU research programmes.

If your research funding or EU collaborations have been affected by the vote to leave the EU, please send details of your experiences to Jon Deer – J.Deer@lse.ac.uk – in the Research Division.

Will there be an impact on opportunities for collaboration with our EU partner organisations?

There will be no immediate impact on collaborations or projects.

The number of opportunities in the future may partly depend on the decisions by the UK Government following negotiations with the EU.

But LSE has strong established ties with many universities and organisations both inside and outside the EU.

Colleagues with ongoing projects or who are considering submitting new proposals to Horizon 2020 can contact the LSE Research Division for more information and up to date advice.

November 2016:
LSE’s Interim Director Julia Black hosted the School’s first Brexit-related Town Hall event on Friday 18 November, held in the Old Theatre – more than 130 LSE staff members attended. The event was an open forum, with no set agenda other than to encourage cross-School engagement, pose questions to Julia (representing the School Management Committee), and share information and views. Questions covered a wide range of Brexit-themed issues, including LSE’s discussions within the Russell Group and Universities UK, LSE’s engagement with Government, future co-operation with continental partners, Article 50, the intersection between Brexit and TEF, and more.

A complete transcript of the key questions and discussions can be obtained by emailing communications.internal@lse.ac.uk.