Statement on the EU referendum result from Staffordshire University Vice-Chancellor Professor Liz Barnes

As you will all be aware the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union by 52% to 48% in the referendum, with the community across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire voting overwhelmingly for the UK to leave.

It is important for us all to know that the vote to leave does not mean any immediate 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 future EU students and applicants.

I have publicly said I believed the referendum to be an important issue, especially for younger generations, as this will have the greater impact on their futures - and we know that the vast majority of people aged under 24 voted for remain. I understand that many among of our University community may be upset and disappointed with the result, but we will work hard to prevent any negative impact to the student experience here at Staffordshire University.

We also wish for our future an international campus and the continued growth of students from the EU and across the world.

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. We will be lobbying hard throughout this time to ensure students in the UK are not disrupted by this change.

For now, we are attempting to keep people informed of what Brexit means for universities through an FAQ.

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Professor Liz Barnes

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive