UK triggers Article 50 to begin process of leaving EU

Message from the Principal 

The Prime Minister has submitted formal notice to the European Council of the United Kingdom’s intention to leave the European Union. This means that the process has begun  and is likely to conclude by March 2019. As we respond to the changes which will now unfold I want to reassure you of my belief and commitment that Edinburgh Napier will continue to be an international university in both our outlook and our actions, and will continue to seek out and welcome talent from across Europe and beyond.

We have developed valuable relationships with institutions and individuals across the European Union over several decades. Many of our current and prospective students and staff are European Union nationals and we value the talent and diversity that they bring. We also engage with European Union networks and programmes as part and parcel of what it means to be an international university.

I recognise that across the staff and student community there will be a range of views held on the decision to leave the EU and its implementation. I also recognise that for many the process now under way will cause uncertainty and perhaps anxiety at least while the direction of travel remains unclear.

Nothing changes immediately. This includes the immigration status of current and prospective EU students and staff, as well as the University’s participation in EU programmes such as Erasmus+.

Be assured that as things move forward I and my colleagues will work to understand the implications for you, our students, and for the University, to develop resilient plans to address those implications, and to exert influence where we can and to engage our whole University community in our response.

In the meantime, we will continue to update you through our website, as well as through direct messages.

Professor Andrea Nolan OBE

Principal & Vice-Chancellor