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University of Sussex welcomes continued PhD studentships for EU students

The Vice-Chancellor has welcomed the UK government’s decision to allow doctoral students from the European Union to continue to have access to Research Council studentships. These will be available to students applying to start PhDs in 2017-18, for the duration of their studies at Sussex.

Adam Tickell said: “This is important news and clarification for PhD students from the EU, who are looking at their options for 2017. Here at Sussex we welcome postgraduate and undergraduate students from around the world – it’s what makes our campus such a diverse and vibrant place to be.”

The government confirmed in December 2016 that these PhD studentships will help to fund studies for the full duration of a student’s course - even if it finishes after the UK has left the EU.

The news followed the Department for Education’s announcement in October 2016 that EU nationals applying for undergraduate and masters’ courses starting in the academic year 2017-18 will remain eligible for student loans and grants for the duration of their courses.

The University of Sussex and sector body, Universities UK, continues to liaise with government on all aspects of the implications of Brexit for the higher education sector.

This includes efforts to ensure government support to maintain and enhance the UK’s international research collaboration once the UK has left the EU.

In a briefing ahead of a House of Commons debate in December, the representative organisation for UK universities urged the government to immediately secure residency rights for EU nationals currently working in the sector post-Brexit.

This Universities UK briefing is available on the UUK website and a transcript of the MPs’ debate on “Exiting the EU and science and research” can be viewed at the Parliamentary web pages.

UUK has been issuing frequent updates since the EU referendum in June 2016 and these are all available via the University of Sussex Brexit information hub, which contains information on developments that could impact the higher education sector as well as support for members of the Sussex community who may be affected by the referendum result.

The University continues to liaise closely with UUK on the implications of the EU referendum and to influence policy change at a local and national level.

Adam Tickell said: “We are actively talking with our local MPs and other politicians to put forward our views, and to ensure that the higher education sector’s position is understood.”



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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Wednesday, 11 January 2017


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