Swansea University is an outward looking community of researchers and students and we value and celebrate our links with Europe and beyond. We have many European collaborations supporting student and staff mobility, research funding, and capacity building. Following the UK referendum outcome, I want to reassure all staff and students, especially those that are from Europe, that Swansea University will continue on a business as usual basis.
Provided that no unilateral action is taken by the UK government (which is unlikely), there will not be any immediate material change to the UK university sector’s participation in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+, nor to the immigration status of current and prospective EU students and staff. We expect existing project grants and contracts to be honoured.
Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty foresees a two-year negotiation process between the UK and other Member States, during which time the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union will be decided. It is likely that there will be a temporary moratorium on new grants and contracts but that this will be lifted for a period when the exit process is agreed.
There will be many questions from the Swansea University community and its partners about what this vote means. We will address these as a matter of priority as the details become clear.
We know that university staff and students across the UK were overwhelmingly in favour of Europe, many passionately so, including myself. However, along with the uncertainties and challenges we now face are new opportunities. We are well-equipped as a University to respond boldly and effectively to opportunities.
Professor Richard B. Davies, Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University
Student Partnership and Engagement Manager Monday June 27th, 2016
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