Dear Colleague,

Following the result of the EU Referendum last week, I am acutely aware that the uncertainty that this result brings about our future must be a very worrying and distressing time for you and your family. I therefore wanted to write to you personally as one of my EU colleagues to let you know that I will be working tirelessly over the weeks and months to come to ensure our shared concerns are heard and understood during any future negotiations.

I am sure that you will have many questions about what happens next, and hopefully you will have received an email from me today, inviting colleagues to attend open meetings that I am holding on all campuses this week.

If you are not able to make one of these sessions and have any immediate concerns or questions please do email me at or Jacqui Marshall, Deputy Registrar and Director of HR, at We want to ensure that we hear your thoughts and experiences so that we can not only take them into account as we take forward our discussions with government, but also to ensure that you are fully supported during this challenging time for our community.

Please be assured that we are at the centre of the discussions that are taking place with Government ministers and sector bodies, and the University is very well positioned to influence the negotiations as we move forward. Exeter is a globally inclusive place to live and work and I am as committed as ever to ensuring this continues to be the case and that our existing values, ambitions and strategies remain steadfast.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the important and valuable contribution that you continue to make to our global university.

With best wishes and warm regards,


Professor Sir Steve Smith FAcSS
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

Date: 27/06/16