EU Task Force update

August 10th, 2016

The University has been preparing to respond to potential outcomes from the EU Referendum since the date for the vote was announced in February 2016. Following the outcome of the vote, an EU Task Force chaired by Professor Karen Cox, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, has been leading on our strategy to deal with all potential issues related to Brexit, and Europe more broadly.

The Task Force is responsible for activity around staff and student engagement, fees, funding, research and knowledge exchange, partnerships, communications, student recruitment and mobility. Scroll down for the full membership. The EU Task Force remit is to:

  • prepare for medium and longer-term implications and impacts
  • identify risks (and mitigations) and opportunities
  • manage the University’s internal/external communications and responses
  • consider the strategic implications
  • identify lobbying responses

The Task Force’s first response has been to communicate with staff, with our current students and with our prospective students. For a list of communications, visit the EU Referendum webpages.

A number of events took place in July, including an open forum for EU and EEA staff, and a separate forum for postgraduate researchers. In addition, Human Resources ran seminars with expert legal advice on immigration issues, and workshops focused around skills for wellbeing for those concerned about potential changes following the Referendum. More seminars and workshops have been organised for the future.

The Task Force continues to gather intelligence from within and outside the University about impacts of an EU Exit. Members of the Task Force are actively working with Nottingham City and County Councils, the local police, the NHS and other local groups on public engagement.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway has recorded a video message outlining how the University is responding to the result of the EU Referendum. Watch the video.

As Chair of the Russell Group, Sir David is working closely with other Russell Group Universities as well as with UUK and with Government and ministers to ensure they fully understand the consequences and opportunities for the University and the sector.

In addition to the Task Force, Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, is leading an EU Referendum Expert Advisory Group.

We will continue to keep you updated on our activity in the wake of the EU Referendum, and updates will follow as information becomes available. You can also read an update regarding staff and student international mobility support.

For more information, visit the University’s EU Referendum information and guidance website. If you have any queries or wish to feed in issues or concerns, please contact Students can make enquiries by emailing

The membership of the EU Task Force includes:

  • Professor Karen Cox, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Chair)
  • Dr George Baxter, Director of Research, Enterprise and Graduate Services
  • Professor Jessica Corner, Pro-Vice-Chancellor – Research and Knowledge Exchange
  • Dr Paul Greatrix, Registrar
  • Jaspal Kaur, Director of Human Resources
  • Ryan Keyworth, Director of Financial Management
  • Professor Todd Landman, Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor – Social Sciences
  • Kerry Law, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
  • Alex Miles, Deputy Director, External Relations (Public Affairs)
  • Professor Nick Miles, Pro-Vice-Chancellor – Advancement
  • John Quirk, Director of International Office
  • Dr Richard Masterman, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor – Research Strategy, Policy & Performance
  • Ismail Sadurdeen, University of Nottingham Students’ Union President
  • Dr Eleanor Sibley, Senior Strategy and Risk Analyst
  • Dr Lisa Stocks, Executive Officer to the Vice-Chancellor and UEB
  • Professor Peter Stockwell, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor – Global Engagement (Europe)

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