Response to the triggering of Article 50 and updated FAQs

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

EU flag in front of the European Parliament

Statement from Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor, following the triggering of Article 50 (29 March 2017)

“I strongly believe that the diversity of our staff and student body, and the extent to which we collaborate with international colleagues, are signs of a successful, responsible and forward-thinking institution and I will continue to lead Oxford Brookes University in accordance with these principles.

“The Prime Minister’s triggering of Article 50 today will result in a period of uncertainty for the higher education sector and those working and studying within it, whilst the negotiations take place.

“The UK’s university system is one of its strong assets, both in terms of economic and societal benefit, and it will be important to carefully protect and enhance its best features during the negotiation process. For these reasons, I will continue to urge the government to prioritise an improved visa regime for all international staff and students and Associate Country status for research and innovation Framework Programme 9 (the successor to Horizon 2020) in its negotiations.”

Frequently Asked Questions for students and staff can be found on the Brexit FAQs webpage.