On the 23rd June 2016 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. These web pages will address many of the immediate issues for staff, students and prospective students. We will update these pages regularly with ongoing developments.

"The University of Glasgow was founded in the European tradition, and nothing will change our international outlook which will continue to look to Europe for our academic collaborations."  
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anton Muscatelli

Principal on the triggering of Article 50

The Prime Minister has now formally triggered Article 50, starting the process which will lead to the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union. The Principal, Professor Anton Muscatelli gives his views on what this means for the University.

Principal's message

The Principal’s interview comes as the Russell Group published an open letter calling for urgent assurances from ministers over the rights of citizens of other EU member states and reiterated the commitment of Russell Group universities to maintaining research ties with partners across Europe. The Principal will take over as Chair of the Russell Group in September. 

The text of the open letter is as follows:

Russell Group universities are international institutions with a global reputation for the quality of our teaching, research and collaborative relationships. Leaving the EU will not change this.

Universities have a key role to play in building a stronger UK economy in years to come. Our members will always remain open to new ideas and talent from across the world. 

We recognise the triggering of Article 50 will cause further concern for staff and students from other member states who are living and working in the UK. 

Our message today to European citizens based at our institutions is clear and unambiguous. Students, lecturers, researchers and professional services staff from across Europe have helped make our higher education sector a world leader. We value your contribution to our universities and the UK. We want you and your families to stay after the UK leaves the EU and are working to ensure you have the right to do so. 

In the meantime, we will remain part of the EU until the Article 50 process is complete. You still have the right to live and work in the UK. The announcement today changes nothing in that regard.

The Government has stated no long-term deal on the rights of EU citizens who are resident in the UK at present would be possible until after Article 50 talks began. With negotiations now underway, we urge the Prime Minister to guarantee that EU citizens living and working in the UK will be able to stay and the rights they have at present will be respected. This should be confirmed as soon as possible.

To our European partners, we reiterate that UK universities will continue to be eligible for Horizon 2020 funding until the end of the Article 50 process. The UK Government has already guaranteed to underwrite the payments of awards won whilst the UK is still a member of the EU, even when specific projects continue after Brexit. 

Russell Group universities and our partners across the EU have achieved an enormous amount together. Brexit will not mean an end to this international collaboration. Whether through framework programmes or other arrangements, collaboration will continue.

We will continue to work closely with our Government as the Article 50 process continues.

Progress during Phase 1 of negotiations

The UK government and EU negotiators have reached agreement in principle across the following three areas under consideration in the first phase of negotiations: 

  • protecting the rights of Union citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the Union
  • the framework for addressing the unique circumstances in Northern Ireland
  • the financial settlement

Further detail is available in this report:

Announcement on fee status of EU students

The Scottish Government has confirmed that it will extend the funding of EU students up to the 2019-20 cohort.

The news has been welcomed by the Principal, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli who said: "The statement from the Scottish Government provides much needed clarity and security both for prospective students from the EU and for us as a University.

"We made clear from the moment that the referendum result on Brexit was declared, that the University of Glasgow is a European institution that values and welcomes students - and staff - from the EU and that we will continue to do so, whatever political settlement is finally agreed upon.

"This announcement that the Scottish Government has extended the funding of tuition fees for students from the EU to the 2019/20 cohort is extremely good news."

The President of the Students’ Representative Council, Kate Powell, also welcomed the announcement. Kate said: "EU students are an important part of our university community and we are extremely pleased that we can welcome these students to Glasgow in 2019-20."

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