Today the Prime Minister has formally started the process for the UK to exit the European Union through the triggering of Article 50. As the period of negotiation between the UK and the remaining EU member states commences, I wanted to update you on issues directly affecting us at the University of Hertfordshire and to point you towards the support and information that is available if you need it.
The Government have confirmed that any EU students who are currently enrolled on undergraduate courses, or who commence study in 2017/18, will be eligible for home fee status and will have access to student finance for the full duration of their course. I encourage students with questions or concerns to call the Student Centre on +44 (0)1707 284800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The rights to reside and work in the UK post-exit for EU nationals obviously remain a matter of concern for us and you will be aware that this is a key matter of concern in the public debate around the UK’s exit from the EU. Our HR department has scheduled a number of sessions on Supporting our EU and EEA colleagues across the University, taking place on 29 March and 21 April. Places at these sessions can be booked through the staff portal, and I encourage all colleagues who may be affected by this to take part in these courses.
It is important to remember that Article 50 allows for a two-year negotiation period to determine the terms on which the UK will leave the EU, and the Government currently anticipates that the UK will leave the EU in Spring 2019. Many of the issues that affect the higher education sector are contingent on these negotiations, so total clarity at this point is not attainable. We do, however, continue to seek information and to advocate for, the best possible resolutions for staff and students.
I would like to reiterate to all students and staff that the University of Hertfordshire remains committed to taking an international approach to everything we do. The University will play a vital role as a point of contact for fellow students and researchers around the world, and I expect us to live up to our role as a beacon of tolerance, endeavour and innovation in the years ahead.
Professor Quintin McKellar