We would like to reassure you that you are very much welcome at Keele and you can expect to continue your study at the University as normal. Tuition fees for this September are unchanged and Keele has no plans to increase your tuition in future academic years beyond any small annual inflationary increase. 

2017

24 April: Government confirms funding for EU students 2018/19

The government has 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 decision means EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university or further education institution in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU. Read more at gov.uk.

29 March: An update from the VC

Dear students,

Now that the Prime Minister has officially invoked Article 50, triggering the UK’s formal withdrawal from the EU, I wanted to write to you to let you know how we, as a University, will be responding.

As I've said in my previous messages to staff and students, at Keele University we pride ourselves in our friendly and supportive community that has a genuine sense of inclusiveness. The work we do does not recognise national boundaries and is all the better for that. We are therefore fully committed to ensuring that Keele remains the welcoming community for people from every nation that it has always been, regardless of national or local political movements.

We will continue to work with and support Universities UK (UUK), who tirelessly promote the Education sector’s priorities to influence the negotiations. I am particularly supportive of UUK’s two main priorities below, which they are representing to the Government on behalf of all universities:

  • Confirmation that EU students starting courses in 2018/19 and 2019/20 will continue to be eligible for home fee status, and eligible for loans and grants
  • Confirmation of rights to reside and work in the UK post-exit for EU nationals currently working in the sector, and their dependents

I appreciate that you may have many questions about the Brexit decision and what this will mean for you and the University. UUK have usefully published a list of FAQs related to Brexit on their website

For many students, this formal confirmation of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU may be causing further feelings of anxiety about the future. We recognise these concerns, and I would also point you to our Keele and the EU webpages for updates and advice on the support offered.

We hope that the negotiations can bring about the best deal for our universities, the UK and, most importantly, our students and staff.

Kind regards,

Trevor

2016

11 October: Funding support for EU students

The government has today (11 October 2016) announced that EU students applying for a place at an English university or further education institution in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants - and will be for the duration of their course.

Read more at gov.uk.

11 July: 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. Read more at gov.uk.

*All references to EU nationals on this page also cover European Economic Area and Swiss nationals.

29 June: A letter to current EU students

On Friday June 24th it was announced that the majority vote in the UK Referendum was for Great Britain to leave the European Union.

We would like to reassure you that you are very much welcome at Keele and you can expect to continue your study at the University as normal. Tuition fees for this September are unchanged and Keele has no plans to increase your tuition in future academic years beyond any small annual inflationary increase. Where your course is eligible for a tuition fee loan through the Student Loan Company, this will continue to be honoured throughout the duration of your studies.

The UK remains a welcoming and attractive destination for students from around the world offering high quality teaching and research opportunities. For the official UK Government statement on higher education and research following the EU referendum see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-on-higher-education-and-research-following-the-eu-referendum 

Best wishes,
Keele University

28 June: A letter to EU offer holders

Dear Offer Holder,

On Friday June 24 it was announced that the majority vote in the UK Referendum was for Great Britain to leave the European Union.

We would like to reassure you that you are very much welcome at Keele and can expect to enrol under the terms and conditions detailed in your offer letter. Tuition fees for this September are unchanged and Keele has no plans to increase your tuition in future academic years beyond any small annual inflationary increase. Where your course is eligible for a tuition fee loan through the Student Loan Company, this will continue to be honoured throughout the duration of your studies.

The UK remains a welcoming and attractive destination for students from around the world offering high quality teaching and research opportunities. For the official UK Government statement on higher education and research following the EU referendum see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-on-higher-education-and-research-following-the-eu-referendum

Keele is in the Top 200 most international universities in the World (Times Higher, 2016).

Academic and professional services staff will be travelling to a number of EU cities over the next couple of months to meet with prospective students and we’re already planning our activity for the new academic year.

Should you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to be in touch with Natalie Jack who manages Keele’s activity in Europe n.jack@keele.ac.uk or Kate Whiston, Deputy Head of International Recruitment e.k.whiston@keele.ac.uk.

We are all very much looking forward to welcoming you to Keele University very soon.

28 June: A letter to Erasmus+ exchange student 2016/17

Dear Students

On Thursday there was a majority vote in the UK referendum to leave the EU.  This will mean change in the future for people in the UK and for Keele University.

At this point at such a short time after the referendum, it is difficult to know exactly what this will mean. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty involves a two-year negotiation process between the UK and Member States. It is over this period that the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union will be determined. During this time period, the UK will remain a member of the EU until those terms have been decided and a conclusion has been reached.

As such, it is business as usual.  Keele University is a top 200 university for internationalisation and will remain committed to its internationalisation strategy and to its partners.  Keele will also remain committed to providing students with support in studying abroad whether in Europe or further afield. In the short-term, nothing will happen immediately; students, staff and partners should not be affected by the changes within the UK government nor with the negotiations and rhetoric that may be part of the media communication in the UK or abroad.

Your exchange placement is still waiting for you and the Erasmus+ funds that are part of that placement will still be available to you. British Council, the National Agency for Erasmus+, has informed the University that: “Following the announcement of the result of the EU referendum, please continue with Erasmus+ funded activities”.

So, please continue with your preparations for studying abroad but remember your final confirmation will come when grades are released in the middle of July.If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact contact me.

Best wishes,

Elissa Williams
Global Education Manager

27 June: EU Nationals and Student Finance in England

The following statement from the Student Loans Company applies to EU nationals who are currently in receipt of student loans from the Student Loans Company (SLC), and to EU nationals who intend to begin studying from this autumn.

EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the SLC, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course. This applies to all student finance from the SLC for students in England for which EU nationals are eligible. This includes loans to cover tuition fees (for those resident in the EEA for three years), loans and grants for maintenance (limited to those resident in the UK for at least three years), and some other grants and allowances.

The rules applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who have applied for a place at university from this August to study a course which attracts student support are unchanged. The SLC will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. EU nationals, or their family members, who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/ or loans by the SLC will then be eligible for the duration of their study on that course. These eligibility criteria set out that for students beginning study from this August, EU nationals must have been resident in the UK for at least five years in order to apply for a maintenance loan.

Students should consult their university’s student finance office, or the GOV.UK website, for information on what support they can receive.