EU Referendum - University of West London statement
The University of West London is, and will remain, a European university, despite the outcome of the EU referendum. We are extremely proud of the innovations, ideas and inspiration that come from the diversity that is UWL.
We are determined that political changes will not hinder the ability of our University to offer opportunity through excellence in education and knowledge creation for the benefit of global society. All our students, staff and partners are crucial to the current and future success of our University, and we look forward to continued strong ties with Europe and the rest of the world over the coming years.
The current advice from The Student Loans Company (SLC) in England in relation to EU student funding is as follows:
- 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 five 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 August 2016 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.
Further, regarding students from the EU and the UK taking part in the Erasmus programme, there has been no change to Erasmus students' immigration status and they will continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grants until any new policies come into effect.
EU funding and support
The UK Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2019/2020 and 2020/21 academic year will be eligible for the same funding and support as those in 2018/19.
It has also been confirmed that students’ eligibility will continue throughout their course. For further information, please refer to the UK Government’s EU funding support page.