In June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The full implications of this decision and the details of the UK's exit from the EU remain unclear.
A Brexit withdrawal agreement has been agreed in principle with the EU. Both the UK and the EU need to approve and sign that agreement. We will now be entering into a transition period until 31 December 2020 for negotiations on the long-term relationship between the UK and the EU. It remains possible that the UK could still leave with no deal if the long-term relationship is not agreed by the end of a transition period.
Amid the continuing uncertainty I would like to reassure everyone - and in particular our EU and other international staff and students - that the values and principles at the University of York remain unchanged. We are a welcoming and inclusive institution that thrives on the richness of thought, ideas, challenge and change brought about by the eclectic global community we have on campus and the richness of our links and partnerships with the EU and worldwide. We will continue to look for the best ways of engaging with high quality partners, whatever the outcome of the negotiations this year.
As we progress through the period of negotiations and transition, we will continue to highlight the challenges for research, student exchange and freedom of movement in higher education, and lobby for a creative and sensitive approach on these issues. We will continue to encourage and support people from around the world to come to York to live, work and study. As we do so we might usefully recall and reiterate the words of the then Archbishop of York at this University’s foundation in 1963 when he encouraged our students to act as ‘citizens not only of York, not only of England or Great Britain, not only of Europe, but the world.
Charlie Jeffery, Vice-Chancellor and President
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The University has created a Brexit Planning Group which meets regularly to consider and plan for how Brexit might affect the University. What plans we need to put in place will depend on what Brexit eventually looks like, but the group are considering issues ranging from procurement and transport, to potential financial shocks and access issues.
The University is also part of various planning groups hosted by the local council to ensure we are well plugged into contingency measures put in place by the City and wider region.
Our research is global in its scope; we can only succeed if we continue to attract highly able academic staff, postgraduates and early career researchers from across the globe. We are committed to international research collaborations with partners in Europe as well as other parts of the world.
The development of our research strategy and the underpinning research themes make clear our commitment to delivering research that can be applied to some of the greatest challenges facing humanity. This work knows no geographical boundaries and is reliant on our ability to forge collaborations with the world’s best researchers, regardless of their country of domicile.
The impact Brexit will have on the research funding available to UK universities from the EU is unknown. However, we are exploring various scenarios as part of our Brexit contingency planning to find ways of maintaining research income or mitigating potential losses in funding opportunities.