As you will be aware, the current political process around the UK’s exit from the European Union has been fast-moving.

The University is keeping a close watch on developments and the topic of Brexit has been frequently on the agenda of the University Executive Board over the last three years. Our focus has been even more heightened by the prospect of a ‘no-deal’ exit, but we are considering all scenarios. These are extremely challenging issues for members of this University, and we are spending some considerable effort in putting together plans to manage risks and mitigate for the effects of different outcomes wherever possible.

Our students and staff are the heart of our community, and we want to ensure you are properly supported. Until we have further clarity on Brexit, we will be sending out regular e-mails with practical information that should help our community prepare.

Brexit, and the uncertainty surrounding it, has been the source of a great deal of anxiety for many people, including staff and students at our University and their families. I know many of you have taken the opportunity to attend one of the face-to-face advice sessions run by HR last year, and we have regularly updated our web pages at for both staff and students. There will be a further update very shortly on additional advice sessions being planned.

Many members of staff have been working hard to ensure the University is prepared for different scenarios. From providing advice and reviewing our procurement and supply chains, to addressing possible IT and business continuity implications, I would like to thank all those who have been working diligently behind the scenes. May I also thank all those Heads of Departments who have been working through their preparations over the last few weeks.

Whatever the events of the coming weeks and months, our University is an inclusive, international community. Attracting and nurturing the very best talent from across the globe is essential for our future success. The senior leadership team is determined to follow our vision as an international centre of research and teaching excellence and to cherish the diversity this brings.

With kind regards,


Professor Ian White FREng
Vice-Chancellor and President