Following the EU Referendum

Statement from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Quintin McKellar CBE, on financial support for EU students

21 April 2017

EU students applying for university places in the 2018/19 academic year will remain eligible for financial support.

The University of Hertfordshire looks forward to welcoming students from the European Union and beyond as planned for the new term in the academic year 2018/19.

The government has today (21 April 2017) confirmed that EU students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, master's, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in academic year 2018 to 2019.

The Student Loans Company has confirmed that EU students who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants will continue to do so for the duration of the course they are currently enrolled on or due to start in September 2018.

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson said:

"A key part of our success is attracting talent from across the globe. This will provide reassurance to the brightest minds from across Europe to continue applying to study in the UK, safe in the knowledge financial assistance is available if needed."

EU students are still eligible for home fee status, which means they are charged the same tuition fees as UK students.

EU students who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so for courses they are currently enrolled on or about to start up until 2018 entry. EU students will continue to receive funding for the duration of their courses.

I would like to reiterate that the University of Hertfordshire remains firmly committed to taking an international approach to everything we do. The University will continue to play an important role as a point of contact for fellow students and researchers around the world.

For further information regarding the decision, please visit the Government website - Government confirms funding for EU students for 2018 to 2019.

Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor


Statement from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Quintin McKellar CBE, on the triggering of Article 50

29 March 2017

Today the Prime Minister has formally started the process for the UK to exit the European Union through the triggering of Article 50. As the period of negotiation between the UK and the remaining EU member states commences, I wanted to update you on issues directly affecting us at the University of Hertfordshire and to point you towards the support and information that is available if you need it.

The Government have confirmed that any EU students who are currently enrolled on undergraduate courses, or who commence study in 2017/18, will be eligible for home fee status and will have access to student finance for the full duration of their course. I encourage students with questions or concerns to call the Student Centre on +44 (0)1707 284800 or email ask@herts.ac.uk.

The rights to reside and work in the UK post-exit for EU nationals obviously remain a matter of concern for us and you will be aware that this is a key matter of concern in the public debate around the UK’s exit from the EU. Our HR department has scheduled a number of sessions to support EU and EEA staff across the University and I encourage all colleagues who may be affected by this to take part in these courses.

It is important to remember that Article 50 allows for a two-year negotiation period to determine the terms on which the UK will leave the EU, and the Government currently anticipates that the UK will leave the EU in Spring 2019. Many of the issues that affect the higher education sector are contingent on these negotiations, so total clarity at this point is not attainable. We do, however, continue to seek information and to advocate for the best possible resolutions for staff and students.

I would like to reiterate that the University of Hertfordshire remains committed to taking an international approach to everything we do. The University will play a vital role as a point of contact for fellow students and researchers around the world, and I expect us to live up to our role as a beacon of tolerance, endeavour and innovation in the years ahead.

Vice-Chancellor Quintin McKellar on European Union Nationals

Friday 8 Jul 2016



The Vice-Chancellor for the University of Hertfordshire shares his thoughts on the recent EU referendum and reassures EU staff and students of the University's position.


Update from the British Council, the UK National Agency, on the future of the Erasmus+ Programme

Tuesday 5 July 2016

The British Council has confirmed that there will be no immediate change to the UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ Programme following the EU referendum result. It has also confirmed that all participants and beneficiaries should continue with their Erasmus+ funded activities and, for those intending to apply for funding, preparation to meet published application deadlines in 2016 and 2017.

This applies to:

  • outgoing and incoming students to and from European partners.
  • outgoing students on work placement in Europe.
  • members of staff undertaking teaching and training mobility to and from partners.
  • members of staff with or intending to apply for Erasmus+ funded projects.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the European and Study Abroad Office if you require further information or have any questions.

EU students who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so for courses they are currently enrolled on or about to start this coming year

Thursday 30 June 2016

The University of Hertfordshire looks forward to welcoming students from the European Union and beyond as planned for the new term in the academic year 2016/17.

The Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson has further clarified this week the position for EU nationals and student finance in England following the EU referendum.

The Student Loans Company has confirmed that EU students who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants will continue to do so for the duration of the course they are currently enrolled on or due to start in September 2016. The recently launched Master’s Loans are also still available to eligible EU students.

EU students who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so for courses they are currently enrolled on or about to start this coming year. The Master’s Loans launched today are also still available to eligible EU students. EU students will continue to receive funding for the duration of their courses

For EU students and staff, there will be no immediate changes following the EU Referendum, including in the circumstances of British citizens living in the EU, and European citizens living here. This includes those studying or working at UK universities.

The referendum result does not affect students studying in the EU, beneficiaries of Erasmus+ or those considering applying in 2017. The UK’s future access to the Erasmus+ programme will be determined as a part of wider discussions with the EU.

Horizon 2020 research funding: The referendum result has no immediate effect on those applying to or participating in Horizon 2020.

Read the full statement from Jo Johnson - it covers the areas below:

  • EU nationals and student finance in England
  • EU student/staff status
  • Erasmus+
  • Horizon 2020 research funding