Staff Updates

The Vice-Chancellor would like to reiterate how much the University values and understands the crucial role that you play in our University and the UK as a whole. The University will continue to press the government at every opportunity to resolve the situation at the earliest possibility. In the meantime, please make sure that you use the services of your human resources team ( if you have any concerns.

The University understands that it is a difficult time for you and your families, but please know that we are doing all we can to make sure that we get the right outcome for you all.

Today, the UK Government released further details  about how the settled status scheme will work for EU/EEA citizens who have lived and worked in the UK for 5 or more years. 

The new scheme will open before the UK leaves the EU and individuals will have approximately 2 years after the UK leave the EU to obtain the new status. 

The government have stated that the ncost will be no more than the cost of a British passport (currently £72.50).

Colleagues who already have confirmation of permanent residency will be able to exchange it for a settled status document card through a simple process, subject to ID verification, a security check and confirmation of ongoing residence. There will be a reduced fee for this.

The Government says that there will be a streamlined, user-friendly, digital application process which draws on existing government data in order to verify residence as a worker and minimise the burden of documentary evidence required to prove eligibility.

The current requirement for some EU/EEA citizens to provide evidence of comprehensive sickness insurance will be waived.

The Government confirms that there is no suggestion that those lawfully here will be required to leave on the day we exit the EU and that those currently resident will be given sufficient time after exit (expected to be 2 years) to make their application.

The document is intended to inform the ongoing negotiations with the European Commission so further changes may follow as the parties move towards an agreement.

Further details are contained in the technical guidance.

EU/EEA staff and family members are encouraged to sign up to the government alerts.

The Russell Group have published a briefing note on 3 August 2017 setting out areas where further clarity over the future rights of EU citizens after Brexit is needed.

The Universities UK  briefing paper “Policy priorities to support universities to thrive post-exit” sets out the priorities UUK feel the government should be looking at.

The government announced their proposal regarding the status of EU citizens in the UK post Brexit. The statement can be read here and further information is being updated on the government website, where you can also sign up for alert emails. There is also a shorter factsheet of their proposals. 

The University have drafted a summary of the government's proposal and FAQs.