University of Bath

How Brexit may affect prospective and current EU staff at the University of Bath

The support we are offering to prospective and current EU staff and how they may be affected by Britain leaving the EU.

The UK’s vote to leave the EU and the questions it raises

Our University is proud to welcome over 100 nationalities amongst its staff and students.

The vote to leave the EU clearly poses significant challenges for us as a university. It creates uncertainty and leaves many unanswered questions.

Because of the result of the referendum, you may have important questions that need urgent answers. We will aim to answer them as we find out further information.

Leaving the EU will not happen overnight – there will be a gradual exit process with significant opportunities for universities to seek assurances and influence future policy.

If you are an EU national currently living and working here

In the first round of Brexit negotiations in December 2017, the UK government and EU representatives have agreed in principle to the following regarding citizens’ rights for EU nationals living in the UK:

  • People who, by 31 December 2020, have been continuously and lawfully living here for 5 years will be able to apply to stay indefinitely by getting ‘settled status’. That means they will be free to live here, have access to public funds and services and go on to apply for British citizenship.

  • People who arrive by 31 December 2020, but won’t have been living here lawfully for 5 years when we leave the EU, will be able to apply to stay until they have reached the 5-year threshold. They can then also apply for settled status.

  • Family members who are living with, or join, EU citizens in the UK by 31 December 2020 will also be able to apply for settled status, usually after 5 years in the UK.

  • Close family members (spouses, civil and unmarried partners, dependent children and grandchildren, and dependent parents and grandparents) will be able to join EU citizens after exit, where the relationship existed on 31 December 2020.

You can find out more information on the UK Visas and Immigration page on GOV.UK.

Support for our EU and other international staff

We remain committed to being a truly international centre of excellence and want to reassure you that our international outlook, the quality of our staff, and the excellence of our research and teaching have not changed.

Claiming back expenses for Registration Certificates and Permanent Residence Documents

The University has agreed to pay the application fee for Registration Certificates and Permanent Residence Documents for employees whose right to live and work in the UK arises either as a result of their EEA or Swiss citizenship or because they are a family member of an EEA or Swiss citizen. Our detailed guide has more information.

Immigration presentations and guidance sessions

The University held some presentation and advice sessions in 2016/17 where EU or international employees were able to get expert advice from an immigration specialist. Further sessions are now available and can be booked via this link.

Independent immigration advice

If you want independent advice on your immigration situation, GOV.UK provides information on how to find an immigration adviser in your local area. These are regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).

Interest-Free Loan Scheme for Home Office Application Fees and Related Legal Costs

The University has an Interest-Free Loan Scheme in place for employees and their dependents to help with the costs associated with Home Office application fees and related legal advice regarding securing a legal right to live and work in the UK. Our detailed guide has more information.

Your pension

There is no immediate change to your pension as a result of the decision to leave the EU, however, all pension schemes are impacted by the wider economy. Therefore the economic impact of the referendum decision may be reflected in pension scheme decisions in the future, though it is too early to say what the effect might be.

Please read the USS and LGPS websites for information. You may also receive information directly about your pension scheme, including any updates, by letter or email.

EU funded projects

The UK’s status as a full participating member of the Horizon 2020 programme has not changed as a result of the referendum vote. Existing project grants and contracts will be honoured unless announced otherwise. Universities UK (UUK), the UK Research Office and the European Commission have told institutions that detailed advice on prospective and currently negotiated projects will be circulated as soon as is possible.

UUK will continue to update their website with information about Brexit and we advise you to check regularly for updates.

If you are an EU or other national who wants to work at Bath

We value all our staff and their contribution to the University and recognise how important it is that we remain thoroughly international in our outlook.

There are no immediate changes to the UK’s immigration policies and the free movement of people and services will continue while the UK remains a member of the EU.

If you have been offered a job here and have any concerns about accepting it, please contact us at jobs@bath.ac.uk