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Imperial is a European university with global reach. Collaborating across borders with people from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities is what drives the world’s best universities.

President Alice Gast has repeatedly affirmed that “Imperial is, and will remain, a European university”

We continue to provide our current and prospective staff and students with support and regular updates as we work to mitigate and manage the impact of Brexit. 

Our European ambitions remain undimmed. We are growing our European collaborations. We are campaigning in Westminster and Brussels for access to European research networks and immigration systems that will allow science to thrive.

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    • a guarantee on ‘zero tariff and zero quota’ trade on goods
    • cooperation in areas such as services, aviation, road transport, social security, health, fisheries and law enforcement
    • the basis for UK participation in the Horizon Europe research programme.

The European Parliament will still have to vote on the deal and is expected to do so shortly. 

  • The deal does not provide access to the Erasmus mobility programme, which is set to be replaced by a new 'Turing scheme' to fund UK students who want to spend a year at a university in another country (EU and non-EU).
  • The deal paves the way for UK participation in Horizon Europe. The UK can formalise association to Horizon Europe through negotiations with the European Commission in the new year. First Horizon calls are expected in the spring and it would be possible for the UK to be in the programme by that point, or shortly thereafter, depending on the negotiations.

Regardless of the deal, a number of changes in key areas have come in on 1 January:

  • New immigration systema new system has come into effect on 1 January 2021. You can find all the important information in our staff and student FAQs. EU/EEA/Swiss citizens resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 will continue to be eligible for Settled/Pre-Settled Status through the EU Settlement Scheme and have until 30 June 2021 to apply. The College continues to support ?staff ?and? students? with this process.
  • Possible disruption to supply chains: our suppliers have extra stock in place and departments had been advised as a precautionary measure to purchase some extra materials in advance of 1 January from European suppliers to avoid any likely disruption in the first quarter of this year. Staff can contact the purchasing department if they either need advice or any extra assistance.
  • Staff and students may want to use the government’s Brexit checking tool to get more information tailored to their circumstances.

The College’s Brexit Advisory Group is preparing for any outcome and you can email with any questions.

What happens next?

  • January 2021                            European Parliament to ratify Brexit deal
  • Spring 2021                               First Horizon Europe calls expected

More information

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Information for staff

Imperial is providing information and support to staff as the UK leaves the EU. Find out about the latest information from the UK government, answers to frequently asked questions and contact points for further support.

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Information for students

Imperial is working to provide current and future students from the EU/EEA with the latest information on fees, funding and immigration requirements

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European partnerships

Imperial is intensifying its European collaborations. We have formed a seed fund to support new European research collaborations and are developing new European partnerships, such as those with France’s CNRS research agency and the Technical University Munich.