Brexit and the University

The University of Nottingham will always remain a community devoted to global scholarship and diversity and will continue to celebrate and nurture our staff, students and alumni from more than 190 countries worldwide.

Our global research, teaching and organisational partnerships will continue to reach out from our campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia to embrace Europe and the wider world.

Withdrawal Agreement and transition period
The Withdrawal Agreement came into effect at 23:00 GMT Friday 31 January which means the UK has now entered the period of transition schedule to last until December 2020. This means that the UK remains bound by EU regulations until new political and economic relationships are agreed.

The University also remains an active and powerful member of the Horizon 2020 research programme until its conclusion. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Knowledge Exchange, Professor Jessica Corner, has called on all colleagues engaged in research to continue to apply for programmes and funding.

Brexit and beyond
The University remains active with our partners in the Russell Group and Universities UK in lobbying government to mitigate the impact of Brexit on our staff, students and research.

The University's EU Taskforce continues to prepare for a post-Brexit environment, developing approaches to protect student recruitment, research partnerships, funding and grants and ensure the University continues to thrive. 

This includes cultivating our existing, and developing new strong relationships with EU university partners. In the week running up to the Withdrawal Agreement, the University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Tübingen in Germany, and announced multi-million pound research contracts in European-funded aerospace partnerships.

Support and advice
The University recognises that this continues to be an unsettling time for staff and students in our community, as much as the nation at large, and continues to monitor the situation closely, making contingency plans to support our staff and students and minimise any potential impacts to our teaching and research.

Brexit Contacts are in place in every School and Professional Services area to support local planning for Brexit and to respond rapidly to specific queries or issues that colleagues might raise. 

The information and Q&A material on these pages - with dedicated sections for staff, students and researchers - will be updated as further information becomes available.

If you have a question or require advice, please study these pages initially. Should you require further information, please contact the relevant Brexit Contact or email the EU-Task Force mailbox.

Further information

Further details are available for students, applicants and staff at the links below which will be regularly updated as more information becomes available.




Withdrawal Agreement and continued access to Horizon 2020

Articles 137 and 138 of the withdrawal agreement allow the UK to continue to participate fully in Horizon 2020 until the programme’s end at the end of this year. This means that:

 - Current H2020 projects will be funded by the European Commission in the usual way for their duration.

- UK participants are fully eligible to take part in an lead proposals for the remainder of H2020.

- and successful proposals will be funded by the European Commission for their duration. 

There are many opportunities in the form of calls through 2020, including Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships, ERC Advanced Grants and various top down calls for collaborative proposals under the Societal Challenges strand. 

Beyond this year, the programme to follow Horizon 2020 will be called Horizon Europe and will run from 2021 to 2027. It will contain many elements similar to H2020, including multi-partner collaborative projects, European Research Council ‘Fontier’ Grants for excellent individuals and their teams, and Individual mobility and doctoral training under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie programme.

The UK Government has expressed an intention to seek association to Horizon Europe, which would enable our continued participation into the longer term, and while this outcome is not guaranteed, it is advisable for existing and prospective collaborations with European colleagues to be nurtured and grown in anticipation of a mechanism for funded collaboration.


Our Erasmus+ funding guarantee until 2021/22 

The University of Nottingham is proud to have one of the largest Erasmus+ student mobility programmes in the UK.  Our students are studying and working in 18 countries this year.

The UK government assurance

The UK government has assured universities that it is working on the basis of the UK remaining a participating country in the Erasmus+ programme after 29th March 2019. In the event of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit, the UK government has confirmed it will underwrite the UK’s participation in the 2018/19 academic year for European based student mobility.

The University of Nottingham guarantee

The University believes that student mobility is essential and we will protect this experience, working with partners across the sector to lobby the government to continue funding for Erasmus+ beyond Brexit, not least through the UUK #SupportStudyAbroad campaign.

2021/2022 guarantee

Given the importance of Erasmus+ to our students’ global outlook, in the potential absence of UK government funding beyond 2018/19, the University of Nottingham will continue to underwrite outgoing student mobility programmes to the EU and Erasmus+ partners for the next three years to 2021/22.

Government intention to develop fast-track immigration process for 'elite' scientists and researchers post-Brexit

The UK’s new Global Talent Visa route opened for applications on 20 February 2020 and introduces new routes for researchers to work and live in the UK.  Individuals wishing to apply for the new visa are now able to do so on the UK Government website.

A Tier 1 Global Talent Visa offers a more flexible immigration route to the UK:

  • abolishing the cap on numbers under the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visas
  • expanding the pool of UK research institutes and universities able to endorse candidates
  • creating criteria that confer automatic endorsement, subject to immigration checks
  • ensuring dependents have full access to the labour market
  • removing the need to hold an offer of employment before arriving
  • accelerated path to settlement

The Global Talent Visa has four routes to obtaining endorsement for a Global Talent Visa.   Further guidance on the routes available is available from UK Research & Innovation or the UK Government website.


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