The United Kingdom voted in favour of leaving the European Union on 23 June 2016. The implications of this vote are considerable, however the exact nature and effects of the withdrawal are not yet clear. Universities UK (UUK) is leading the Higher Education sector's efforts to secure answers to a range of questions, from students, academics and professional services staff. On 24 June 2016 they provided the following statement:
Barring unilateral action from the UK Government, members are advised that the vote to leave the European Union does not mean there will be any immediate material change to the UK university sector’s participation in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+, nor to the immigration status of current and prospective EU students and staff.
Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty foresees a two-year negotiation process between the UK and other Member States, during which time the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union will be decided.
Further guidance and advice will be provided as soon as it is available. Please monitor your swansea.ac.uk email account closely for updates.