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EU referendum: Latest University statements

The University has planned for the key questions arising from a vote in favour of leaving the EU. 

UPDATE: 2 September 2016

Oxford guarantees home fee rates for EU students starting in 2017/18 for their full course duration

EU students who begin their studies at Oxford University in 2017/18 will be charged the home rate for tuition fees for all years of their programme, the university can confirm.

Den Moore, director of student affairs at Oxford University, said: 'The result of the UK referendum has created a great deal of uncertainty for current and prospective Oxford students from the EU, particularly around possible changes to their tuition fee status. While the formal process for leaving the European Union will take some time, Oxford believes it is important to reassure prospective EU students by providing as much clarity about their future fee status as possible.

'The University of Oxford is and intends to remain a thriving, cosmopolitan community of scholars and students united in our commitment to education and research. The UK referendum result will not change this; our students from all across the world are as warmly welcome as ever.'

EU students intending to apply for entry in the academic years 2017/18, or holding an offer for deferred entry in 2017/18, will be charged the home rate for tuition fees for all years of their programme. The fees will be outlined in student offer letters and governed by the University's terms and conditions. Changes to fees and charges in subsequent years for on-course students who start in 2017/18 are set out on the Changes to Fees and Charges pages for undergraduate or graduate study.

Full information, including guidance on funding and student support, can be found at: www.ox.ac.uk/students/eureferendum

UPDATE: 15 August 2016

Government statement on Horizon 2020 funding

The UK government has announced that it will support UK beneficiaries of EU research funding beyond the date the UK leaves the EU.

In a statement of 13 August, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, said: “Where UK organisations bid directly to the European Commission on a competitive basis for EU funding projects while we are still a member of the EU, for example universities participating in Horizon 2020, the Treasury will underwrite the payments of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.”

The full statement can be found here. Further information about EU research funding and projects can be found on Oxford's Gateway to Europe site.

UPDATE: 2 August 2016

From Trudy Coe, Head of the Equality and Diversity Unit

'There has been an unfortunate rise nationwide in reported incidents of racial abuse since the EU referendum result. We are also receiving some reports that these incidents are happening around the city. We are an inclusive, welcoming University and are committed to maintaining a diverse, international staff and student community. We do not tolerate any form of abuse on the grounds of race, religion or belief.

'If any member of staff – or student – experiences any form of racial or religiously motivated harassment or abuse from another member of the University, they should pursue it under the University's Harassment Policy and Procedure. If staff or students suffer racist or religiously motivated abuse outside the University, the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission has issued helpful guidance on how to report it. Further guidance on reporting incidents, internally or externally, and on sources of support is available on the Equality and Diversity website.'

UPDATE: 1 August 2016

From Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, hosted a Q&A session for University staff on 21 July in the Sheldonian Theatre. In front of a large audience, she discussed issues arising from the EU referendum result, including support for residency and citizenship for staff, funding for and participation in EU research programmes, the impact on pensions, and diversity and culture. A transcript of the session is available for members of the University (via single sign-on).

UPDATES: 14 July 2016

From Professor Ian Walmsley, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research

'The UK government and the European Commission are working hard to ensure that it is “business as usual” for UK universities. There is no immediate change to the UK university sector's ability to participate in EU research and innovation programmes such as Horizon 2020. This has been confirmed by Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science and by the EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation. The long term future of UK participation in European programmes will be decided as part of the exit negotiations and Oxford University is  keeping a close eye on events. We will work directly and with others to seek the best possible outcomes for Higher Education and research during the negotiations, which are expected to take up to two years. The UK will remain an EU member during this time and as such will be entitled to fully participate in EU programmes and apply for EU research grants.

'Oxford academics, therefore, should continue to engage with our European colleagues and collaborators and continue to apply for grants as normal, both as individuals and as part of networks. We will provide regular updates on Research and Innovation matters on this page and more detailed information for researchers can be found on ‘Referendum Roundup’ page of the Oxford Gateway to Europe, managed by Research Services’ European Team. For the present we continue on course. There are no doubt challenges as we negotiate the new situation in which the country and University finds itself. But I am sure there will also be new opportunities of which we may take advantage.'

League of European Research Universities: Academic co-operation with the UK remains essential for Europe

Extracts from today's statement on research partnerships from the League of European Research Universities (LERU), which includes Oxford University.

'Academic collaboration improves lives in Europe and around the world. In the wake of the referendum, we strongly affirm that UK universities are, and will continue to be, indispensable collaborative partners. Universities in the UK and on the continent are working together to keep children safe from infections, develop treatments for Alzheimer's disease and cancer, and produce next generation mobile phone networks. As a partnership, LERU will do everything it can to support this co-operation.'

'LERU is therefore calling upon all its European partners, in particular universities, to continue to work with UK universities, respecting the ongoing full membership of the UK and the firm belief that the post-exit relationship must support academic co-operation. We call upon those who review funding applications to see the engagement of UK partners as a desirable feature of projects, rather than a risk or compromise. A pathway to stronger academic co-operation remains not only possible but very desirable. It is completely inappropriate to respond to the referendum by taking decisions that punish UK researchers, or disrupt partnerships.'

'In terms of eligibility for EU funding programmes, Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+, nothing has changed for the present. We welcome the strong commitments made by the European Commission, and Commissioner Carlos Moedas in particular, to respect the UK's ongoing status as a full member state. We also welcome the statement of Research Councils UK that they will work to ensure that the concerns and needs of UK researchers are considered in the negotiation of the future relationship. LERU institutions will continue to work together on Horizon 2020 programmes, in the UK and throughout Europe.' 

The full LERU statement is here.

UPDATE: 7 July 2016

RCUK statement

Research Councils UK have released a statement on continuing international research collaboration

'The UK’s excellence in science and research is well established and UK researchers are sought after collaborators internationally. The success of UK research is dependent on our best researchers collaborating with partners and sharing facilities across international boundaries. We are committed to enabling and facilitating these collaborations between UK researchers and international partners in Europe and across the world. Following the UK’s referendum vote to leave the European Union we are working with our research communities and with Government to ensure that the UK is well placed to maintain its place as a leading research nation. While the UK remains a full member of the European Union we encourage researchers to continue to engage with partners in the EU and with European funding schemes as normal. The Research Councils recognise that there is uncertainty about the future of the UK’s relationship with the EU in general and specifically affecting aspects of the research system. We are working with Government to ensure that the concerns and needs of UK researchers are represented and are considered in the negotiation of a future relationship with the EU.'

The full RCUK statement can be found here.

UPDATE: 5 July 2016

Russell Group statement

The Chair and Director General of the Russell Group have issued a joint statement on the consequences of voting to leave the European Union

It is essential to remember that in terms of our global outlook nothing has changed - we have not yet left the EU and we are just as open and welcoming to students, staff and ideas as we were before the referendum.

Russell Group statement

'Leaving the EU will have a profound effect on our universities, who have long thrived on global collaboration and international interaction – be it through European staff and students coming to our universities, or when our best researchers work with colleagues across Europe to tackle big social and scientific challenges.

'Our universities have, therefore, always warmly welcomed people from different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs. Embracing this very diversity is vital to our success, fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. So we are especially concerned by reports of increasing xenophobic incidents and how this could impact on our communities. We simply will not tolerate abuse of this sort and any student or staff member who experiences racism or xenophobia on or off our campuses can be assured this will be taken extremely seriously. Now more than ever we should ensure our campuses are places where diversity is welcomed, cherished and respected.

'It is essential to remember that in terms of our global outlook nothing has changed - we have not yet left the EU and we are just as open and welcoming to students, staff and ideas as we were before the referendum. We have already reassured current staff and students that their rights to work and study here will continue for the foreseeable future and we can still participate in cross-European collaborations and bid for EU funding.  We are already working closely with the Government to ensure the best possible outcome from upcoming negotiations and UK policy decisions for universities and the research community.'

4 July 2016

EU students

There will be no immediate change to the fee status and immigration status of EU students studying in the UK.

EU students who are registered at Oxford University in 2016/17 (either as a new or continuing student) will continue to be charged the home rate for tuition fees for all subsequent years of their programme. Where EU students are in receipt of University funding, the University is committed to the provision of this support.

The Student Loans Company has also confirmed that eligible EU undergraduate students already on course, and eligible undergraduate and postgraduate EU students who are commencing an eligible course in the 2016/17 academic year, will be able to apply for student loan support for the duration of their course. Further information for EU students can be found here.

Science and Technology Committee

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee is examining the implications and opportunities of leaving the EU for science and research. The University proposes to respond to this inquiry and is encouraging Oxford colleagues to contribute ideas to assist drafting the submission. University members can provide comments, addressing one or more of the Committee's consultation questions, using the internal survey. Responses should be submitted no later than 4pm on Monday, July 18.

24 June 2016

Currently, UK membership enables staff and students from across the EU to come to Oxford, and assists Oxford's staff and students to work and study in Europe. The formal process for leaving the European Union will take at least two years. Our staff and students can be assured that in the short term, we anticipate no disruption to employment or study. As UK and EU negotiations advance, we will keep students, staff and potential applicants closely informed.

As UK and EU negotiations advance, we will keep students, staff and potential applicants closely informed.

EU membership has also enabled Oxford's participation in pan-European research collaborations, and has guaranteed the opportunity to access EU research funding (of some £66m in 2014/15). Research support teams will be actively reviewing funding bids, and we will take guidance from UK Government and relevant agencies on future eligibility and new opportunities.

UK membership of the EU has supported our broader vision for Oxford as a global hub for intellectual engagement. However, the University recognised that individuals held differing views, and encouraged open debate on the issues. A democratic decision has been made and Oxford will continue as one of the world’s outstanding universities, playing a leading role in shaping the UK's future.