EU Referendum 2016 – update

June 30th, 2016

Our links with the EU are hugely important to this University. Staff and students from the EU are a huge part of the institution and have helped to make The University of Nottingham the successful, global institution it is today.

The result of last week’s EU Referendum does not change that. We value the contributions our international community and we are being proactive to ensure that our international and European engagement is maintained and enhanced. The UK remains a member of the EU, and we continue to meet our obligations and receive relevant funding. It is clear that there will be a lengthy period of negotiation before any kind of conclusion is reached.

Staff and students can be confident that the University is working hard to address the challenges we all face, and support everyone in the University community.

Colleagues around the University have been very busy since the Referendum result, working together to ensure we are fully prepared for the future. Prior to the Referendum, we had already begun work on risk assessment and mitigation plans to cover all eventualities – that work now has a new focus and commitment from staff across the institution.

Activity which has taken place over the last few days includes:

  • The establishment of a new EU Task Force. Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen Cox will chair this high-level working group to tackle issues, risks and mitigations across all our activity.
  • Commitments on research relating to staff, post-docs and PGR students – information from Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange.
  • FAQs for staff addressing a range of issues are also available (and being updated continually). This includes a statement made this week by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills on a range of issues.
  • Communications have been sent directly to all staff, current students, research staff and PGR/post-doc students, to prospective students (home/EU and international) and to other stakeholders. A full list of comms is available.

As we learn more we will provide further updates via our usual communications channels. You may also receive updates from your Faculty/School/Department or invitations to open sessions – these may vary.

Outside the University, we are working with the Russell Group, UUK and other representatives of the UK higher education community to ensure the UK continues to play a leading role in EU and international research. We will work tirelessly to make the case to the UK Government for the benefits of all forms of international research collaboration, mobility and exchange and to retain access to Horizon 2020 and other EU programmes to underpin these activities.

More information will be posted on our EU Referendum webpages as it becomes available, with updates signposted from In the Loop and Campus News.

If you have any questions or comments that are not answered in the staff and student FAQs, please send them to


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