Brexit Information and Guidance


Be part of our global community

The University of Nottingham is Britain’s Global University. We will remain Britain’s Global University – continuing to stand at the vanguard of what it means to deliver a truly international model of higher education.

We represent the excellence, entrepreneurialism and engagement that characterises the very best of British universities – and these strengths will secure our continued success in the future.   Our University’s international reputation for collaboration, innovation and openness is both hard-won and well-earned. We will continue and expand our efforts to describe the hugely positive impact that this global outlook has – on our society, our economy and the global community of students, staff, visitors and friends that work and study at The University of Nottingham.

The triggering of Article 50 means the UK must now look outwards, forging new relationships with the international community. With our physical presence in three countries on two continents and extensive experience of working with international partners, across borders, The University of Nottingham is well-placed to successfully navigate this period of change and the challenges and opportunities it will provide.

Our international community of students and staff is one of our greatest strengths, and we want people from the UK, other countries in Europe and beyond to continue to study, teach, research and work here.


Former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Greenaway, on the University's response to the EU Referendum result.

The Russell Group's Open Letter on Article 50



Progress in Brexit negotiations gives UK continued access to EU research funding for the duration of Horizon 2020

In early December 2017, The UK Government and European Union Negotiators concluded phase one Brexit negotiations and published a   joint report. Based on the joint report, and the agreement of the EU to move on to the second phase of the Brexit negotiations, it is understood that the UK will continue to benefit from EU programmes during the period 2019-2020 after formal Brexit, including from Horizon 2020.

It is expected that UK-based individuals and organisations will therefore remain eligible to bid for funding, participate in and lead consortia including for calls in 2019 and 2020. If an agreement is reached, projects approved during this period will be able to continue with an uninterrupted flow of EU funding.

Directly from the report:

Following withdrawal from the Union, the UK will continue to participate in the Union programmes financed by the MFF 2014-2020 until their closure… Accordingly, the eligibility to apply to participate in Union programmes and Union funding for UK participants and projects will be unaffected by the UK’s withdrawal from the Union for the entire lifetime of such projects.”

 While the fact that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed at the end of the negotiations leaves room for some uncertainty, this is nonetheless excellent news for researchers wishing to continue to apply for funding, and, in line with the statements from Professor Dame Jessica Corner, PVC for Research and Knowledge Exchange, the University fully encourages and supports participation in Horizon 2020 projects – be they European Research Council, Marie Sklodowska-Curie or multi-partner collaborative funding. More funding is available now than at the start of Horizon 2020 and support, including direct proposal preparation support, is available. Please contact  Matthew Rackley in Research and Innovation if you are applying for EU funding or if you would like advice on EU funding or the support available.


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.