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An update from Universities UK (UUK) on the Brexit transition period

13 Feb 2020

UUK and UUKi are continuing to lobby the government on behalf of UK universities


UUK has written a brief explainer on the transition period, and published a briefing for the new government on how to secure an effective post-Brexit settlement for UK universities beyond the transition period. 

It includes asks on the future immigration system, international research collaboration, outward student mobility and transnational education, which they will draw on as part of future political engagement.  

On 31 January 2020, a UUKi-led joint statement was issued with 37 UK and European higher education and research organisations, reaffirming a commitment to working together, and calling on respective governments to make this a priority as discussions about the future relationship post Brexit get underway.

UUK and UUKi continue to lobby government over future involvement in Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe from 2021.

Following approval from the UUK Board, they will also be asking government to:

  • extend existing commitments on home fee and loan status for EU students (i.e. that they should be treated the same way as UK domiciled students) to also cover 2021 entrants, and;
  • minimise any new immigration requirements for 2021 entry

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