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Keep up to date with the latest statements and discussions around the EU referendum result.

The Russell Group has published a briefing note setting out areas where further clarity over the future rights of EU citizens after Brexit is needed. (3 August 2017)

The UK Government has a webpage with the latest information about the status of EU nationals in the UK. The webpage will be regularly updated as negotiations progress, and you can also sign up for email alerts. (26 June 2017)

The Russell Group have urged EU Brexit negotiators to make research, innovation and higher education priorities. (31 May 2017)

Charlie Jeffery, Professor of Politics and Senior Vice-Principal at the University of Edinburgh, is speaking at a joint hearing at the European Parliament on The situation and rights of EU citizens in the UK, which can be watched live online. (11 May 2017)

The UK Government has confirmed that 2018-19 EU entrants will retain their fee status and eligibility for funding for the duration of their studies. This matches the prior Scottish Government announcement but now also includes access to Postgraduate Research funding through Research Councils UK. (21 April 2017)

The University of Edinburgh Principal's statement on Article 50 (29 March 2017)

The Russell Group of universities has heralded the contribution of EU students and staff to UK higher education as the Government triggers Article 50. (29 March 2017)

Prime Minister Theresa May has written to European Council President Donald Tusk to notify him of the UK’s intention to leave the EU. (29 March 2017)

The Scottish Government's Deputy First Minister John Swinney has announced that EU nationals choosing to study in Scotland and enrolling in 2018-19 have been guaranteed free tuition for the duration of their entire course. (24 March 2017)

Scotland’s Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville has welcomed the contribution made by EU staff in our thriving universities and has called on the UK Government to protect their status post Brexit. (23 February 2017)

Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, led an alumni forum in Brussels where senior staff and alumni discussed the implications of Brexit. (17 February 2017)

University of Edinburgh schools and groups will be celebrating the contribution of migrants to the UK on 20 February, as part of the UN World Day of Social Justice and the One Day Without Us campaign. (17 February 2017)

A European University is a new booklet by the University of Edinburgh which celebrates the contributions of our international staff and students, and the global outlook which makes the University what it is today. Read the PDF booklet. (16 February 2017)

QS Best Student Cities 2017 ranks Edinburgh 18th in their list of the best cities in the world for international students. (15 February 2017)

Times Higher Education has ranked the University of Edinburgh 13th in their list of The World's Most International Universities 2017. (1 February 2017)

Universities Scotland have launched a campaign, supported by all 19 higher education institutions across Scotland, called Scotland’s universities welcome the world which celebrates the educational, cultural and economic benefits international students bring to Scotland. (25 January 2017)

The Scottish Government has confirmed that Postgraduate student support will increase for students entering in 2017-18 (19 December 2016)

Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Jo Johnson MP has confirmed that Research Council studentships will remain open to Postgraduate Research Students who are EU nationals starting courses in 2017. (1 December 2016)

David Jones MP, Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, has confirmed that the government is unlikely to seek any change to the status of EU citizens who already have permanent residency in the UK or who are eligible. Responding to questions from the House of Lords EU Select Committee he said: “After five years living in the UK, that individual has got the right to remain here and that is not something that we would like to disturb. This is an issue that should be clear as early as possible.” (1 November 2016)

Deputy Chief Executive of Universities UK, Alistair Jarvis, sets out how universities can be central to the UK's economic success and global influence in a future outside the EU. Read the Telegraph Online article "Brexit: It's crucial that universities are heard in the political debate". (28 October 2016)

Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, gave evidence to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee as part of their inquiry into Scotland’s place in Europe. The full transcript will be made available on the inquiry website. (25 October 2016)

The Scottish Government has confirmed free tuition in Scotland for EU students enrolling for 2017-18. (14 October 2016)

The Scottish Affairs Select Committee is hosting a public evidence session on 24 October in Glasgow about Scotland’s place in Europe, at which our Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea will be speaking. The free event can be booked online and written submissions can be made through the inquiry page. (12 October 2016)

Professor Charlie Jeffery, Professor of Politics and Senior Vice-Principal at the University of Edinburgh offers his perspective on recent developments. (11 October 2016)

Over 100 universities and organisations across the UK, including the University of Edinburgh, have joined forces to advocate for international students, staff, research and collaborations in higher education as part of the #WeAreInternational campaign. (19 September 2016)

Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, offers a personal perspective on the European Union (16 September 2016)

Universities UK have created a new section on their website with information on Brexit and UK universities, which includes existing FAQs, news and updates, and UUK’s short-term political priorities. (16 September 2016)

The University's Centre on Constitutional Change is hosting a Scotland and Brexit event on 20 September with some of the country’s leading experts discussing what the result means for the future. The event will be chaired by former First Minister, Henry McLeish. It is held in association with the Scottish Parliament's European and External Relations committee, and will feature a panel of committee members. (30 August 2016)

The University of Edinburgh is launching Brexit and You, a series of public events about the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Some of the country’s leading researchers in the fields of immigration, European history, citizenship, and the economy will be on hand to answer questions about Brexit’s potential effect. Follow the discussion on Twitter @brexitandyou. (18 August 2016)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her Cabinet held a public question and answer session to meet EU nationals living, working and studying in Scotland. The streamed event can be viewed on YouTube. (17 August 2016)

Scientists for EU respond to the Government announcement on EU funding with a press release (13 August 2016)

Chancellor Philip Hammond has guaranteed EU funding beyond the date the UK leaves the EU. British universities will have certainty over future funding and should continue to bid for competitive EU funds, including Horizon 2020 projects, while the UK remains a member of the EU. (13 August 2016)

David Gauke MP has written a letter to David Davis MP about EU funding (12 August 2016)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her Cabinet are holding a public event to meet EU nationals living, working and studying in Scotland. They will undertake a question and answer session to give nationals of other EU member states who live in Scotland the opportunity to discuss the referendum result and what it means for them. The event will be held in Edinburgh on 17 August and requires registration. (3 August 2016)

The Scottish Government and Universities Scotland have released a joint statement highlighting that research excellence in Scotland continues. At a visit to the University of Edinburgh, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science Shirley-Anne Somerville made clear that Scotland would remain an active partner in international research programmes and continue to benefit from EU and international funding based on the research excellence that exists across our Universities. (21 July 2016)

The Scottish Government has produced a short film on the vital contribution that EU researchers make to the pioneering research coming out of Scotland (21 July 2016)

The Scottish Government and Universities Scotland have released a joint statement regarding EU staff and research following the referendum result (21 July 2016)

The Home Office has published a statement on the status of EU nationals in the UK. "There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the referendum." (11 July 2016)

Universities UK have published a set of Brexit FAQs setting out their latest understanding on the implications of the referendum result for universities and students. (12 July 2016)

Research Councils UK have published a statement on international collaboration post EU referendum. (6 July 2016)

Universities UK were co-signatories to a letter calling on the Prime Minister to make an unequivocal statement that EU migrants currently living in the UK are welcome here, and that any changes would apply only to new migrants. (3 July 2016)

EU Research and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas has sought to reassure UK researchers post-Brexit with a short article in Times Higher Education. (1 July 2016)

The Scottish Government has released a joint statement with Universities Scotland on the status of EU students currently enrolled in HE programmes in Scotland or due to do so in the coming months. Read the statement on the Scottish Government and Universities Scotland websites.  (1 July 2016)

President of Universities UK Dame Julia Goodfellow has written an article in The Daily Telegraph on Brexit: What will it mean for universities, students and academics? (1 July 2016)

The European Commission has released a statement which ‘confirms that until the UK leaves the EU, EU law continues to apply to and within the UK, both when it comes to rights and obligations. This includes the eligibility of UK legal entities to participate and receive funding in Horizon 2020 actions.’ (29 June 2016)

The University of Edinburgh Principal's statement on EU referendum result (27 June 2016)