Information following the results of the EU Referendum, 24 June 2016

“Higher education is truly global; it transcends borders. Our relationships with Europe, European universities and other institutions remain very important to us and we will work with all Governments and stakeholders to ensure those relationships are preserved under the new arrangements. 

“Our priorities are to influence the negotiations for the terms of Scotland, and the UK’s, future relationship with the EU. We want to retain the right for staff and students from EU countries to continue working and studying in Scotland and to negotiate access to European programmes for students, staff and research. We believe this is compatible with the electorate’s decision and would be to the benefit of Scotland and the UK.” - Universities Scotland 

The wider impact of the result of the UK's EU referendum on 24 June 2016 is still being clarified but please be assured that Universities UK / Universities Scotland are proactively working with the UK and Scottish Governments to minimise the disruption caused by this decision to the UK research and higher education sector, and to work to secure an outcome from negotiations which ensures continued cooperation and collaboration between the UK and European Member States.  This outcome may eventually have a number of implications for Scotland’s universities but the GSA would like to assure EU students and UK students studying in the EU that nothing changes overnight as a result of this referendum result: 

Current EU students Please be assured that your immigration status and associated fee status has not changed as a result of the vote. 
EU students with a place to start at GSA in academic year 2016/17 and 2017/18 At this stage there is no reason to assume that there will be any change to either your immigration status or your ability to study in the UK. 

Universities Scotland is seeking clarification in terms of tuition fee grant and/or access to loans from the Scottish Government and the GSA will keep students informed of any updates on this page and by e-bulletin. You can also check the Universities UK and Universities Scotland websites at: Universities UK Universities Scotland 

EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme Your immigration status has not changed as a result of the vote, and you continue to be eligible for sn Erasmus grant. 

UK students studying in the EU and elsewhere under the Erasmus programme  Your immigration status has not changed, and that they continue to be eligible for an Erasmus grant. 

The GSA will keep students informed of any changes affecting the Erasmus programme but you can check this page and the Erasmus+ websites for updates at Latest Erasmus+ Update,-24-june/erasmusplus-article-50-statement-24-march-2017/