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Information for students & staff following the EU referendum

Posted on 24/06/2016

Key information following the EU Referendum about fees and funding, student/staff status, loans and grants, Erasmus+ and study abroad, Horizon 2020 and information for prospective students can be found at the following link: EU Referendum Q&A


14 March 2017: Parliament has passed the Brexit bill, paving the way for the government to trigger Article 50 so the UK can leave the European Union. Peers backed down over the issues of EU residency rights and a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal after their objections were overturned by MPs. The bill is expected to receive Royal Assent and become law today, Tuesday 14 March 2017. This means Prime Minister, Theresa May is now free to invoke Article 50 on withdrawal talks - now expected in the last week of March.

Information for staff and students on briefing sessions and other support available from King's is available on the intranet: Brexit - what's next for King's?


13 August 2016: The government announced on 13 August safeguards to funding in a commitment to maintain the UK's status as a world leader in science, research and innovation. This includes underwriting funding for approved Horizon 2020 projects applied for before the UK leaves the EU, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU. The announcement also includes reassurance to applicants from the UK's research and innovation base when applying for EU research funding. Further details are available on the Government webpages.


18 July 2016: The President & Principal pledged his support for the Mayor of London’s #LondonIsOpen campaign in the Evening Standard


11th July 2016: The Cabinet Office issued a statement on the status of EU Nationals in the UK. You can view the statement at the following link: Statement: the status of EU nationals in the UK


07 July 2016: The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has written a letter to higher education institutions in light of the referendum result. You can view the letter at the following link: Mayor of London's letter to HE


06 July 2016:

The Prime Minister has stated that there will be no immediate changes following the EU Referendum, including in the circumstances of British citizens living in the EU, and European citizens living here. This includes those studying or working at UK universities.

Whilst the Prime Minister’s words are welcome, we understand that many of you remain concerned over potential changes to people’s right to work in the UK. The University is working closely with our employment and immigration lawyers to provide on-going support to our staff.

For citizens of countries in the European Union it maybe worth considering the option of applying to the Home Office for either a Permanent Residence Card or a Registration Certificate.

  • If you are an EU national who has been living continuously in the UK for 5 years, you may wish to consider applying for a Permanent Residence Card.  A Permanent Residence Card would evidence that you have permanent status in the UK.  
  • If you are an EU national who has been living in the UK for less than five years, you may wish to consider applying for a Registration Certificate.  This may assist in evidencing your right of residence in the UK and help facilitate applications that third country national family members may wish to make.   

For EU staff considering either options,  we are in the process of engaging the services of immigration specialists to support you and your families with help on the options available to you.

Full details of the university’s specialist support scheme will be made available on an ongoing basis. The initial stage will be an FAQ section on permanent residence for EU nationals, which will be available shortly.

Please do contact HR in the meantime if you have any queries via:, or you can contact your HR Adviser via the intranet.

UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) also have a dedicated contact number for EU nationals in the UK, visit


28 June 2016: The statement from Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, on higher education and research following the EU referendum can be found at the following link: Jo Johnson's statement on higher education

Jo Johnson said: 'EU and international students make an important contribution to our world-class universities, and our European neighbours are among some of our closest research partners. There are obviously big discussions to be had with our European partners, and I look forward to working with the sector to ensure its voice is fully represented and that it continues to go from strength to strength.'


24 June 2016: To read the message from the Principal sent to staff and students at King's on 24 June, please visit the following web page: Principal's message

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