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 unknown, but it seems likely that there will be a period of uncertainty as the UK redefines its relationship with other European countries.

"The University of York has always been an institution with a global outlook, focused on contributing to the world beyond our campus. This is reflected in the diversity of our student and staff population, our passionate desire to contribute to solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and our global community of more than 100,000 graduates. We value the tremendous contribution of all our staff, students and graduates, and we remain convinced that the diversity of our community makes it a truly special place.

The prospect of no deal is clearly a very challenging scenario for both the country and for Higher Education, but York is in a strong position and we are putting plans in place to cope with a no deal situation. In any outcome of Brexit our priorities will be to make sure we are supporting our staff and students and to ensure that our core purpose of teaching and research continues.

We know our students and staff will have many questions about what this will mean for them personally, as will all those who are directly involved in work dependent on EU collaboration and funding. I hope you find the information and support provided here reassuring and useful.” Saul Tendler, Acting Vice-Chancellor

Information on these pages is accurate to the best of the University's knowledge and based on advice from the UK Government and national bodies for universities. We will update and amend information as further information emerges.

General information and FAQs

Information that is specific to staff or to students is provided on the relevant page, linked above.

How is the University preparing for Brexit?

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.

What is the University's position on the research it undertakes with other EU countries?

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.