EU Referendum: Guidance

On 23 June 2016 the UK electorate voted in a national referendum to leave the European Union (Brexit). 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 19 November 2018.

 

APPLICANTS AND STUDENTS

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 students entering in academic years 2018/19 and 2019/20: Full time and part-time EU students continue to be eligible to apply for the SAAS tuition fee loan for these academic years. 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

 A short film with information for prospective EU students (issued July 2018 by Universities UK). This film covers fees, visas and funding.

 

 

 FAQ document for prospective EU students (issued in October 2018 by the British Council)

 

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.

In the meantime, the Home Office is running a pilot of this scheme for university employees.

If you are an EU citizen, or a family member of an EU citizen, and you are a member of staff at a university in the UK, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme in this pilot.

 Queen Margaret University have agreed to reimburse the cost of registration for employees. The cost is £65.00 and must be paid by the employee to Gov.uk

 What you need to do:

  • If you would like to participate in the pilot you will need to send a blank email from your own email account to eusettlementpilot@homeoffice.gov.uk. The Home Office will be replying to emails on a phased basis and it might take two to three weeks for you to receive your reply. Please only send one email, and make sure you check your inbox and junk mail regularly.
  •  When you do receive a reply, it will contain a link to the online application form, and you will need to complete your application before 22 December 2018.
  •  You will only be able to take part in the pilot if you are working in the higher education sector in the UK, and you are: (1) an EU citizen and have a valid biometric passport (this is an e-passport which has a digital chip); or (2) a non-EU family member of an EU citizen and have a biometric residence card with ‘EU Right to Reside’ on the back, which you applied for on or after 6 April 2015

Further information can be found here;

 EU Settlement Scheme pilot: applicant information

Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families

Please note that 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.

 See the statement from our Principal issued at the time of the referendum result in June 2016.

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