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. If you have concerns related to Brexit, please get in touch with Student Services or attend a drop in session.

Brexit, and the uncertainty surrounding it, has been the source of a great deal of anxiety for many people, including students and staff at our University and their families. I know we have been regularly updating our web pages at as the situation has developed, and we will continue to do so.

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, many teams from across the University have been preparing.

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