EU Referendum: Guidance

On 23 June 2016 the UK electorate voted in a national referendum to leave the European Union. There is no immediate, material change for our staff, students and EU-funded activities.

QMU is an outward looking, internationally focused university that values our European students and connections greatly, recognising their crucial contribution to our academic and cultural richness. The guidance below for prospective students, current students and staff was updated on 25 June 2018.

See the statement from our Principal issued at the time of the referendum result.

APPLICANTS

Undergraduate students starting in academic year 2016/17: On 1 July 2016, the Scottish Government announced that eligible EU students commencing in 2016 will continue to benefit from free tuition, and, for those who meet the residency requirement, associated living cost support. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website: http://www.saas.gov.uk/full_time/ug/eu/eligibility.htm

Undergraduate students entering in academic year 2017/18: On 14 October 2016, the Scottish Government announced that eligible EU students commencing in 2017 will continue to benefit from free tuition for the duration of their course. Those who meet the residency requirement will also continue to benefit from associated living cost support. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website: http.www.saas.gov.uk/full_time/ug/eu/eligibility.htm

Undergraduate students entering in academic year 2018/19: On 24 March 2017, the Scottish Government announced that eligible EU students commencing in 2018 will continue to benefit from free tuition for the duration of their course. Those who meet the residency requirement will continue to benefit from associated living cost support. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website: http.www.saas.gov.uk/full_time/ug/eu/eligibility.htm

Undergraduate students entering in academic year 2019/20: On 1 February 2018, the Scottish Government announced that eligible EU students starting their studies in 2019 will have the costs of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government for the duration of their course. Those who meet the residency requirement will continue to benefit from associated living cost support. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website: http.www.saas.gov.uk/full_time/ug/eu/eligibility.htm

Postgraduate EU students entering in academic year 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19: The home fee rate will continue to apply to UK and EU students.

Postgraduate students entering in academic years 2017/18 and 2018/19: Full time and part-time EU students will continue to be eligible to apply for the SAAS tuition fee loan for the academic years 2017/18 and 2018/19. For more information, see http://news.gov.scot/news/more-postgraduate-support

If you have any specific queries regarding studying at QMU please contact our Admissions Team: admissions@qmu.ac.uk

FAQs and Key Messages 2017-2018 from Universities UK International.

CURRENT STUDENTS

Current undergraduate EU students: On 1 July 2016, the Scottish Government and the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) announced that current EU students who are eligible for free tuition will continue to benefit from this, and, for those who meet the residency requirement, associated living cost support. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. For further information, see http://www.saas.gov.uk/full_time/ug/eu/eligibility.htm

Current postgraduate EU students: The home fee rate will continue to apply to UK and EU students.

EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme: your status has not changed, and you continue to be eligible for your Erasmus grant until at least as long as we remain a member of the EU and possibly beyond that point.

UK students studying in the EU and elsewhere under the Erasmus programme: your status has not changed, and you will continue to be eligible for your Erasmus grant until at least as long as we remain a member of the EU and possibly beyond that point.

EU STAFF

On 21 June 2018, the Home Office published details of a Settlement Scheme for EU citizens in the UK. EU citizens living in the UK and their family members will need to make an application under this scheme to obtain their new UK immigration status. They will need to demonstrate that they have been living continuously in the UK for five years to be granted settled status. EU citizens living in the UK for fewer years will be granted pre-settled status until the five year point is reached. The application will essentially involve providing evidence under three categories: (1) Identity - the applicant will need to prove their identity; (2) Eligibility – the applicant will need show that that they live in the UK; and (3) Suitability (Criminality) – the applicant will need to declare that they have no serious criminal convictions. Following a phased introduction later this year, the scheme will be fully open by March 2019. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021. Further consultation on the Scheme is taking place prior to Parliamentary approval in due course.

The scheme has been designed to be user-friendly and a short overview of it is available now. The settlement scheme will be fully open by 30 March 2019, but a phased roll-out is planned for later this year and further details of this will be published in due course. Meanwhile, EU citizens can also sign up to receive email updates directly from the Home Office at Stay Informed. There will be no change to the current rights of EU citizens in the UK under EU law until 31 December 2020.  

RESEARCH

All staff currently undertaking EU funded projects: the UK’s status as a full participating member of the Horizon 2020 programme has not changed as a result of the referendum vote. Existing project grants and contracts will be honoured unless or until advised otherwise. Detailed advice on prospective and currently negotiated projects will be circulated as soon as is possible by Universities UK, which is liaising with the UK Research Office and European Commission.

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