Brexit - for staff and students


Look out here for details of upcoming events for Sussex staff in relation to Brexit, as well as information about previous events.

Brexit information sessions for EEA staff

The University arranged for legal firm, Pinsent Mason, to provide a series of legal clinics for non-UK Sussex staff from the European Economic Area (EEA).

Staff who attended the Brexit sessions on campus in March 2017 were positive about the information and support that they received.

Michelle Punter, Deputy Director of Human Resources, said: “We’re pleased that staff who attended the first set of sessions found it useful to learn more about how their immigration status in the UK could be secured."

The sessions were delivered by a corporate immigration solicitor from Pinsent Masons and covered:

  • An overview of the current free movement rules in respect of European nationals and their family members
  • A consideration of what might happen post-Brexit
  • How best to protect your position
  • Benefit, eligibility and application process for:
         - an EEA registration certificate/residence card
         - document certifying permanent residence/permanent residence card
         - British citizenship – eligibility criteria and application process
  • Practical points to consider

The briefings were open to any member of staff who is a non-UK EEA national and who may be concerned about the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The EEA includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Line managers can also attend if the session would be of benefit.

A follow-up webinar will be arranged for anyone who was unable to attend the above sessions, with the time and date to be communicated in due course.

Open Q&A session for staff on EU referendum result

Staff were invited to an open Q&A session in June 2016 to discuss the implications of the EU referendum result for the University of Sussex and to raise any concerns they had.

The meeting was facilitated by the then Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Farthing, and other members of the executive group were also present.

Professor Farthing said: “The session will help to inform our planning as we move forward with considering the long-term implications for our staff and students.”