For Staff



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, and his 2017 Leader Column in the Reporter.

EU national staff

Current immigration situation

The Home Office published guidance in June on the proposed new residence scheme for EU nationals, and Emma Brooksbank, of Freeths Solicitors, provided this briefing note.

The Home Office has now confirmed phase one of the implementation of the indefinite leave to remain (settled status) scheme will begin on 28 August 2018 and will involve selected Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and NHS Foundation Trusts in the North West of England. It will announce further details of the phased implementation during the summer.

We currently have about 800 EU national colleagues, who are a valued part of our community and integral to our current and future success.

Though the statement of intent does not apply to citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, negotiations are ongoing and it is envisaged that the scheme for nationals of those countries will mirror the EU scheme.

Current research funding situation

While Leeds is not as dependent on European research funding as some universities, it is nonetheless of great importance, accounting for nearly 16% of our research income.

Horizon 2020: The government is encouraging UK research and innovation to continue to apply for Horizon 2020 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.

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

Update August 2018: The UK Treasury has 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. 

Erasmus+: The government has stated publicly that the UK is committed to ongoing full participation in the Erasmus+ programme until departure from the EU. With the caveat that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”, in principle we will continue to benefit from all EU programmes, including Erasmus+, until the end of the current budget plan (2014-2020).

Even if the above is not finally agreed, the government’s promise will stand, that it will underwrite successful bids for Erasmus+ funding submitted while the UK is still in the EU, even if they are not approved until after we leave.

Visit the Erasmus+ website for full details.

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.

Future updates

We are committed to ensuring that EU national colleagues are kept up to date on developments directly affecting them, and updates will be available from the following sources:

HR’s International Staff pages have details of support provision for all international colleagues, including Brexit legal update sessions.

Please contact Lisa Courtney (31833) in Human Resources for further information about immigration.

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.

While the University endeavours to keep this information 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.


EU settlement scheme to open to HE colleagues

From 15 November, EU colleagues will be able to start their application for pre-settled or settled status.

Brexit developments update

Emma Brooksbank – Partner and immigration specialist at Freeths Solicitors – returns to campus next month to update on Brexit developments.

Brexit statement of intent briefing

The Home Office has published guidance on the new residence scheme for EU nationals that outlines in some detail the Government’s plans for residence requirements after Brexit.

Vice-Chancellor to discuss Brexit challenges

Leeds Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Langlands will be part of a panel discussing the challenges faced in the north by Brexit.

Brexit legal update

Emma Brooksbank, Partner and immigration specialist at Freeths Solicitors, will be visiting the University on Wednesday 6 June 2018 to update staff on Brexit developments and to answer general queries

Free Brexit information session

A free information session is being staged on Tuesday 10 April for University staff who may be concerned or have queries about the effect of Brexit on immigration matters.

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