Brexit and the EU Referendum

Guidance for staff

The Brexit vote has caused uncertainty for EU and EEA staff since the referendum vote. We are committed to supporting them through the transition period via a range of different methods. We are giving staff the information they need about actions they will need to take, whether that be applying for settled status or being aware of any restrictions on travel.

We are also aware that staff are concerned about the potential impacts of Brexit on their core activities, including specifically international research and educational partnerships. We are regularly consulting with other UK HEIs, Universities UK, the UK Government and the European Commission to ensure that we provide the most recent and relevant information available.

What have we done?

Immediately after the referendum we sent regular messages setting out the University’s position and pointing staff towards the Brexit website. We immediately set up a Yammer group to allow staff to share their experiences and advice, to post updates and information as it happened, and to host the notes and presentations delivered to staff. In May 2018 we set up detailed staff information pages on MyWorkspace, including advice, guidance, FAQs and more, which have been updated by the HR team.

We have held four support sessions for EU and EEA staff with the University’s lawyers, these have consisted of both large lecture-style sessions and more focused one-to-one sessions for those with specific issues. We have sent regular targeted emails to EU and EEA staff and have promoted the EU Settlement Scheme pilot, providing an Android device for staff to use to access the Government’s new site. The staff Brexit information pages have been consistently promoted on the front page of MyWorkspace since January 2019.

As we go through a period of rapid change and continued uncertainty, we will continue to keep our online information updated and will send all-staff emails whenever there are major developments that staff need to be aware of, while continuing to host talks from our lawyers aimed at supporting EU staff.

Who can I contact?

Email and we will direct your query.

Where can I get support?

Any questions?

Visit MyWorkspace for up-to-date answers.

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