Brexit and UK universities

We are working with our members, the university sector and government on the implications for universities and students of the UK's vote to leave the EU.


British universities have a vital role to play in creating a successful, dynamic and internationally competitive post-exit UK. Universities are central to driving inclusive economic growth locally, regionally and nationally; improving productivity as part of the Industrial Strategy; and strengthening international trade and diplomatic relationships across Europe and the wider world.

Brexit FAQs
For information on the implications of Brexit for universities and students, please see our FAQs. 

Brexit transition period 
For information on what the Brexit transition period means for UK universities. 

Changes for EU and EEA students
For information on how fees, immgration and Erasmus+ will change  

 Blog

Brexit day is here; but where next for the UK's immigration system?

31 January 2020
On the day that the UK leaves the European Union, UUK's Karmjit Kaur sets out what immigration reforms are needed to ensure the system is fit for purpose.

News

Government must act now or risk losing European students for years to come

5 October 2020
​Prospective university students from Europe must be given assurances that they will be given every opportunity to study in the UK, following one of the biggest changes to international student recruitment in a generation.

 The team

Daniel Hurley

Dan Hurley

Policy Manager
Universities UK

Preparing for the end of the transition period – a guide for universities

Report
16 November 2020
UUK has published a briefing for universities on how to prepare for the end of the transition period in the event that there is no UK-EU agreement on a future relationship by that point.

Briefing: Securing an effective post-Brexit settlement for UK universities

Briefing
14 November 2019
This briefing sets out what the government must do to secure an effective post-Brexit settlement where universities can maximise their contribution to a globally-successful UK

Guidance on transnational education regulation in the EU post-Brexit

31 October 2019
Universities UK International has worked with Farrer & Co to produce guidance on transnational education regulation in the EU

cover of 'no-del exit briefing'

No-deal briefing

30 July 2019
This briefing sets out the consequences of exiting the EU without a deal and the stabilising policies required for the higher education sector.

Parliamentary briefing: backbench business debate on Erasmus+

Briefing
20 June 2018
A briefing for MPs ahead of a backbench business debate in the House of Commons on Thursday 21 June 2018 on future UK access to Erasmus+ and successor schemes.

Policy priorities to support universities to thrive post-exit

Briefing
1 March 2018
How can the government ensure universities are best placed to maximise their contribution to a successful and global UK post-EU exit?

Brexit briefing front cover

Increasing stability and certainty for universities as the UK prepares to leave the EU

8 September 2017
A briefing outlining what the government must do to provide greater short- to medium-term stability and minimise the risk of a damaging ‘cliff-edge’ scenario as the UK exits the EU.

Parliamentary briefing: House of Commons debate on exiting the European Union and global trade

Briefing
6 July 2017
A briefing to outline ways in which future free trade agreements could impact the UK university sector, and provide initial recommendations for the government in upcoming negotiations.

Free trade report front cover

Can free trade agreements enhance opportunities for UK higher education after Brexit?

Report
25 April 2017
The inclusion of higher education and research commitments in future free trade agreements could strengthen the position of UK higher education internationally.

International research collaboration after Brexit report

International research collaboration after the UK leaves the European Union

Report
25 April 2017
International collaboration is integral to creating world class research with impact, and it is vital that UK-based researchers have the ability, support and resources to collaborate with the best partners – wherever they may be.