The University of Exeter hosted a Q & A session on the Falmouth and Exeter University Penryn campus today to answer students’ concerns about the impact of Brexit.

The event ‘Brexit – what does it mean for students and the University?’ was hosted by Professor Tim Quine, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Education at Exeter University.

Subjects covered were – What do we know post Brexit?, What is the University doing?, What we still do not know?, Where you can get further help and information, followed by a question and answer session with an expert panel.

Professor Quine told students about the University’s concerns, but also reassured students that nothing will change in the short term.

He outlined the 3 key priorities for the University which are the status of current and future EU students, the right to remain for our staff from other EU countries, and the future of EU research and structural funds.

Professor Quine referenced the Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson’s post Brexit pledge to students, where she confirmed that that EU students already studying or due to start this coming year will continue to receive loans and grants as before. UK students studying abroad and those looking to starting 2017 will continue to be subject to current arrangements.

Professor Quine pointed out that the right of EU citizens to reside and work in the UK remains completely unchanged until the point that the UK is no longer part of the EU. The government has indicated that Article 50 will not be triggered until March 2017 (the clause that officially gives the EU notice that the UK is leaving the EU), and it will be at least 2 years after that before the UK officially leaves the EU.

It was also confirmed that the ERASMUS study abroad programme will not be affected for current students or students applying this year.

There were many good questions from students, to see the full video of the session which was streamed live on the HOOK Falmouth facebook page, click here