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, European 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 staff

Current immigration situation

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

Government policy is now beginning to take shape and, as of 4 April 2018, residence requirements for EU nationals and their families have been clarified. Read the details in this advice note from Emma Brooksbank, of Freeths Solicitors.

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.

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 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 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.


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.

Implications of the Withdrawal Agreement of the UK from the EU

Brexit negotiators unveiled progress on the Draft Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union on 19 March 2018.

New resource page for international colleagues

Support for international colleagues at the University has been enhanced with the launch of a new information service.

Brexit information session

Emma Brooksbank, of Freeths Solicitors, will be on campus on Tuesday 27 February 2018 to give an update to staff on Brexit negotiations and immigration matters.

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