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Leeds is an international university and our aspiration to attract and welcome students and staff from across Europe and around the world is undiminished. We are working to ensure that, as Brexit progresses, EU national students and staff can continue to study and work at Leeds, with support and regular advice as the national policy picture becomes clearer. 

Read the full text of the Vice-Chancellor’s statement following the referendum in 2016, his 2017 Leader Column in the Reporter and a joint statement, with Leeds University Union, issued to all staff and students in March 2019.

On this page 

EEA and Swiss national staff - current situation

All EEA and Swiss nationals who are resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, and wish to remain and work here after the end of the planned implementation period, will need to have applied for pre-settled or settled status via the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 and 31 December 2020 if there is a no deal exit.

You will not need to apply if you:

  • are an Irish national
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK, though you can choose to swap this for settled status which will allow you to spend longer outside the UK without losing your status
  • have indefinite leave to enter the UK, for example if you have a Returning Resident Visa.

The EU Settlement Scheme is now fully open and applications are free. If you applied during one of the test phases and paid a fee, you’ll be automatically refunded on the card you paid with. You’ll get an email to confirm when your refund has been processed.

If you’re applying when the scheme is fully open you’ll be able to send a passport or other identity documents by post, alternatively you can use the EU Exit ID Document Check app on an Android smartphone (unfortunately the app is not currently available on iPhone). HR have an Android smartphone available for you and your family to use, and you can book by emailing

Find out more about the application process on the government webpage, Continuing to live in the UK after it leaves the EU.

Resources and support for EEA and Swiss colleagues

Advice and support: If you have questions about the EU Settlement Scheme, you can contact your local HR hub.

Information sessions: These events are hosted by Freeths Solicitors and share updates on Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme. Sessions are open to all staff and available to book now.

One-to-one meetings with a Freeths' solicitor: These sessions are free of charge for University colleagues to discuss their individual cases. To book a personal meeting, please email

Android smartphone: If want to use the Identity Document Check App to scan the chip in your biometric passport, but don't have an Android device, you can book an appointment to use the University Android smartphone by emailing

Using the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app: Read this government guidance on how to use the app, visit

Guidance on settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families: The GOV.UK website holds information on what settled and pre-settled status means and who should apply, visit the website

Policy paper published on citizens' rights in the event of a no-deal Brexit: In the event of a no deal exit from the EU, the government has published a policy paper on the rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU. Read it here

Benefits and pensions in the event of a no-deal Brexit: Read this GOV.UK webpage for the latest and the most up-to-date information.

Our International Staff pages on the HR website holds details of all the support available for international colleagues working at the University covering life in the UK, buddy schemes and immigration.

Future updates

We’re committed to ensuring that EU national colleagues are kept up to date on developments directly affecting them - to hear the latest:


If you’re travelling overseas during the period of withdrawal or after the UK leaves the EU, please read the following advice.

  • Travel: Colleagues and postgraduate researchers working or planning to travel overseas are asked to book their journey through Key Travel and ensure they have completed a risk assessment. Read this important safety update to find out more, including what to do if you’re travelling with a different booking agent.
  • Passports: Check your passport meets the new rules that apply if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, visit GOV.UK. In particular, on the day you travel, you'll need your passport to both a) have six months left on it and b) be less than 10 years old.
  • Driving licences: As long as you have a full UK driving licence, you don’t currently need an additional licence to drive in the EU. In a no-deal scenario UK travellers looking to drive in the EU may need to apply for the relevant International Driving Permit. Read more on GOV.UK

Research funding - current situation

While Leeds is not as dependent on European research funding as some universities are, it does account for nearly 16% of our research income.

Horizon 2020

The government is encouraging UK research and innovation to continue to apply for Horizon 2020 (H2020) funding. It has confirmed we will be eligible to participate for the duration of the programme and intends that any funding received will be honoured for the lifetime of the project. In August 2018 the UK Treasury agreed to extend the underwrite to cover all of H2020. This is a backup solution and would only apply in the case of a ‘no deal’ scenario. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) remains confident that this will not be required and that the terms of the transition agreement will still take precedence as part of an overall Brexit settlement in October. 

Read the government’s ‘UK participation in Horizon 2020’ overview for full details.

Successor programme – post 2020

The next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will be called Horizon Europe. This programme is due to commence in 2021 and will run for seven years replacing the existing Horizon 2020 programme (2014-2020). In May 2018, the Prime Minister announced that the UK Government would be prepared to make an appropriate financial contribution in return for full access to and some form of influence over Horizon Europe as part of the proposal for a UK-EU Science and Innovation Accord.

This information note, developed by Universities UK, provides an overview of the European Commission’s proposal for Horizon Europe, the background to the proposal and the key features. It also provides information on the legislative process that will be followed.


If the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement, then Erasmus+ funding will be available for staff to undertake a teaching or training visit in the 2019/20 academic year. 

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, teaching or training visits that are organised by time the UK leaves the EU can be funded. Staff who believe they are in a position to fully organise their visit prior to the date of departure are advised to contact the Study Abroad Office as early as possible for further advice.

Staff planning visits are advised to:

  • seek reassurance from your host institution that your visit can continue
  • refer to immigration advice issued by the country you plan to visit.

In a no-deal scenario, Erasmus+ funding will not be available to staff to undertake teaching or training visits organised after the date the UK leaves the EU.  


If you’re supporting a student on an Erasmus+ study or work placement, our main website has a useful guide on what they can expect after we leave the EU. 

For the latest information on Brexit and Erasmus+, please visit the Erasmus+ website.

Successor programme – post 2020

The current Erasmus+ programme ends on 31 December 2020, and will be succeeded by a new iteration of the programme running across a seven-year cycle. The proposal for the successor programme outlines some important innovations that would make it more accessible to a more diverse community of learners and beneficiaries. It also features a pathway for participation for 'third' countries, which could include the UK once we leave the EU.

This information note, developed by Universities UK, outlines some of the changes and new features of the programme, including how the UK might participate once we have left the EU.

Please note: If you experience any examples of being omitted from EU bids, please contact Ben Williams who will continue to collate examples and liaise with BEIS accordingly. 

EU national students – current situation

A section of the University’s main website has been created, dedicated to informing current and prospective students on issues affecting them. This includes a letter sent to all postgraduate researchers by Professor Claire Honess, Dean of Postgraduate Studies.

Useful links

  • Prepare for EU Exit - this government website holds all the latest advice for individuals, UK nationals in the EU, EU nationals in the UK and businesses.

While the University endeavours to keep the information on our websites as up to date as possible, it cannot be held liable for any inaccuracies. For the latest information from the government, please visit the Department for Exiting the European Union website. Regularly updated Brexit FAQs for universities and students are also available on the Universities UK website.


Brexit information sessions and one-to-one meetings

Hosted by Emma Brooksbank, partner and immigration specialist at Freeths Solicitors, information sessions on Brexit and one-to-one meetings offering legal advice are now available to book.

Freedom of movement for EU nationals after Brexit

Clarification following press reports on the Home Secretary's announcement that freedom of movement for EU nationals will end on 31 October 2019.

Brexit information session

Emma Brooksbank, Partner and immigration specialist at Freeths Solicitors, returns to campus on Thursday 6 June to update colleagues on Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme.

EU Settlement Scheme – support for colleagues

The EU Settlement Scheme is now fully open. If you need help with your application, we’re offering access to an Android smartphone, information sessions and personal support from a Freeths’ solicitor.

Brexit information session

Emma Brooksbank, Partner and immigration specialist at Freeths Solicitors, returns to campus on Wednesday 10 April to update colleagues on Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme.

Brexit – a joint message from the University and LUU

The below message was sent to all staff and students on 27 March 2019.

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