Today Central has learned, together with the rest of the World, the outcome of the European Referendum.
Crucially, it is important to take this opportunity to reassure our colleagues and students from across the European Union that their immigration statuses, associated fee statuses and access to the student loan book have not changed as a result of the vote. This will remain the case until the Government decides otherwise, and this is likely to take several years.
So, too, for incoming EU students for the 2016/17 academic year: at this stage, there is no reason to assume any change to their immigration status or access to the student loan book unless the Government advises differently. For our part, all offers which have been made relating to incoming students' acceptances will be honoured.
Throughout this transition period, Central's focus will be on securing support that allows us to continue to be World Leading in our outlook and outputs whilst fostering a community which attracts and welcomes the best talent from around the world - feeding an industry that is truly international.
UPDATE AS OF MONDAY 27 JUNE, 2016
On Monday 27 June 2016, Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, issued a statement which applies to EU nationals currently in receipt of student loans from the Student Loans Company (SLC) and to EU nationals who intend to begin studying from Autumn 2016.
This statement clarifies that EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the SLC, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course. The rules applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who have applied for a place at university from this August to study a course which attracts student support also remain unchanged.
UPDATE AS OF MONDAY 4 JULY, 2016
Universities UK have published a set of Brexit FAQs
on their website, setting out their latest understanding on the implications of the referendum result for universities and students. They will keep this page regularly updated as new information becomes available.
UPDATE AS OF TUESDAY 11 OCTOBER, 2016
On Tuesday 11 October, 2016 the UK Government has released a statement together with the Department for Education and Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. The statement confirms that EU students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in the 2017/18 academic year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants - and will be for the duration of their course.