Today, the government of the United Kingdom formally begins the process of voluntary withdrawal from the European Union (EU).
I am acutely aware of the concern that this development causes among members of our community – in particular non-UK nationals of EU member states.
As we enter this unprecedented moment in our country’s history, the University of Cambridge’s main concern is – and will remain – the welfare of its staff and students, both current and prospective. EU nationals contribute enormously to the University of Cambridge’s success, to the diversity of our community, and to our values of openness, inclusion and mutual respect.
The shape of our country’s future relationship with the EU will depend on the outcome of two years of complex negotiations. Until then, the UK will remain a full member of the EU, and there will be no changes to the status of EU nationals working or studying at the University of Cambridge.
University leaders at Cambridge and elsewhere have repeatedly expressed to the UK government the need to protect the rights of EU nationals in the UK, and have sought assurances regarding their future status after Brexit is completed. We will continue to do so.
In the meantime, our Compliance Team and our International Student Team continue to offer advice on all immigration-related issues. The University’s dedicated EU website offers expert analysis on all aspects of the Brexit process, and also provides regularly updated practical information for students and staff.
Our excellence in research, education and learning is based on the excellence of our people – researchers, lecturers, students, administrators and support staff – many of whom are non-UK EU nationals. They will be our priority in the days ahead.
— Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge