Manchester Metropolitan University

Leaving the EU: information for staff

Frequently Asked Questions

The United Kingdom invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on 29 March 2017.

This is the starting point for a period of negotiation about the departure from the EU and at this stage the post-departure landscape remains unclear. The full process is expected to take two years.

We have answered some FAQs below, and will continue to update this website as the Brexit process continues. Do return to this page if you can’t find the answer you are looking for today.

I am a member of staff from another EU country currently working at the university

What does this mean for me? Will I be able to carry on working at Manchester Metropolitan?

Yes. You will be able to carry on working at Manchester Metropolitan University – the terms of your employment/research have not changed. Manchester Metropolitan University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research, a reputation that owes a great deal to the international staff we have always welcomed – many of whom have joined us from other European countries.

Does this mean my immigration status has changed? Will I have to return to my home country?

No, it doesn’t. There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the referendum.  

Government Statement: the status of EU nationals in the UK (12 July 2016)

Your immigration status has not changed and therefore you will be able to continue working at the University. You do not need to return to your home country.

Do I need to get a residence card?

No, this is not a requirement of remaining in the UK and obtaiing such a card will not, in itself, allow permanent residence if the "settled status" requirements are introduced.  Eversheds' view is that making this application may well be good evidence of the right to live and work in the UK at a future date after Brexit takes effect and assistan in applications for settled status. Evidence of permanent resdience is necessary in any event in order to apply for British citizenship.

Information for EEA citizens considering applying for permanent residency (PR) in the UK

The University has worked in partnership with Eversheds to obtain information for colleagues who may be affected by immigration changes following the UK's departure from the EU.

It is important to remember that this is an on-going process and no decisions have yet been made about the status of citizens from other EU countries living and working in the UK.  

The FAQs below have been compiled following seminars  hosted by Eversheds in March 2017, and will be updated regularly as new information emerges.

Details of any forthcoming seminars will be posted here.  

View the detailed immigration FAQs

Brexit FAQs from Universities UK

Enquiries may be made to the appropriate HR Advisor:

Services

Jemma Goodwin 0161 247 3942 j.goodwin@mmu.ac.uk
Michael Dunlea 0161 247 3319 m.dunlea@mmu.ac.uk

Arts and Humanities

Anna Ward 0161 247 5007 a.ward@mmu.ac.uk

Education, Science and Engineering

Melissa Phan 0161 247 3306 m.phan@mmu.ac.uk

Business and Law, Health, Psychologies and Social Care

Evette Edwards 0161 247 3302 e.a.edwards@mmu.ac.uk

Crewe, Professional Services

Anna Finbow 0161 247 3304 a.finbow@mmu.ac.uk

Student and Academic Services

Amy Carr 0161 247 3307 amy.clare@mmu.ac.uk

 

I am a member of staff currently working on an EU funded project/planning to get involved in an application for an EU funded project

Will the university continue to be part of European programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+?

The vote to leave the European Union will have no immediate impact on Manchester Metropolitan University’s participation in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. As the UK is still a member of the EU it will continue to have the same access to funding programmes as before the referendum. Please read the statement from Erasmus+.

In August the Chancellor issued a statement that UK businesses and universities should continue to bid for competitive EU funds while we remain a member of the EU. The Treasury will underwrite the payment of such awards even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU. The Chancellor also announced that all European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs) projects signed before Autumn Statement will be fully funded, even when these projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU. Read the Chancellor's Statement (August 2016).

I’m due to start an EU funded project – will this now happen?

The UK’s status as a full participant in EU funding programmes has not changed as a result of the referendum. It is our understanding that all projects that have been approved will go ahead.

In August the Chancellor issued a statement that UK businesses and universities should continue to bid for competitive EU funds while we remain a member of the EU. The Treasury will underwrite the payment of such awards even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.  The Chancellor also announced that all European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs) projects signed before Autumn Statement will be fully funded, even when these projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU. Read the Chancellor's Statement (August 2016).

How long will the EU continue to fund the UK’s participation in programmes like Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+?

This remains an area of uncertainty.  However, in August the Chancellor issued a statement that UK businesses and universities should continue to bid for competitive EU funds while we remain a member of the EU. The Treasury will underwrite the payment of such awards even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU. The Chancellor also announced that all European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs) projects signed before Autumn Statement will be fully funded, even when these projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU. Read the Chancellor's Statement (August 2016)

We will continue to update this page with new information as more details become available.

The referendum result has no immediate effect on UK researchers applying to or participating in Horizon 2020. UK participants can continue to participate in the programme in the usual way.

I am a member of staff at the University and I am unsure about what to say to students.

EU students from outside the UK are asking me about their future at the University – what should I say?

There has been no change to non-UK EU students’ immigration status, associated fee status, or their access to student loans. This will remain the case until the Government decides otherwise.

Non-UK EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus+ programme are asking me about their future at the University – what should I say?

Their immigration status has not changed. Their entitlement to the Erasmus+ grant will continue until at least as long as the UK remains a member of the EU, and it could well be extended beyond this. Please read the statement from Erasmus+.

Is there anywhere I can direct students to for information?

Yes. Please advise all students that the best way to stay informed on developments is to visit the Student FAQ section of this dedicated information hub, access to which will always be possible through our Latest News section.

I am concerned about my safety and feel anxious.

Is there anybody I can talk to?

If you feel you have experienced any form of bullying and harassment (including hate crimes) at the University, there are several people you can talk to.

The university also has a free, independent and confidential counselling and wellbeing service, Optum. You can speak in confidence with a trained advisor (both face-to-face and via telephone) about any issue, including hate crimes.

To access the service, call 0800 282 193, or visit www.livewell.optum.com, entering the code ‘manchester’ when prompted.

Hate crimes can be reported in several ways:

I have a question that has not been answered here

Who should I contact?

Send your question to euref@mmu.ac.uk and we will answer it as quickly as possible.

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