Impact of Brexit


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The policy environment relating to Brexit remains subject to change. Given the continuing uncertainty, students and staff are advised to check relevant websites regularly for updated advice and guidance.


The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020 and is currently in a transition period until 31 December 2020, during which time the UK remains a member of the customs union, free movement of people will continue and UK institutions will continue to be able to access EU funding sources.

Details on arrangements after 31 December 2020 remain unclear, so applicants, students and staff are advised to check relevant websites regularly for updated advice and guidance.

Further details on the impact of Brexit on Scotland’s Universities and Colleges can be found at the Scottish Funding Council’s Brexit webpage.

We are also working with our partners in the Highlands and Islands European Partnership (Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the 7 local authorities in the region and the University of the Highlands and Islands) to address the impact on our region.

Access to the new EU programmes from 2021-27 is subject to the transition negotiations. We continue to follow progress on this, together with developments of any alternative domestic replacement initiatives.

Information for applicants

Information for prospective students from the European Union or European Economic Area who have already applied, or may wish to apply, to study with the University of the Highlands and Islands :

Information for current students

Information for students from the European Union who already studying with us or are with us as part of an Erasmus+ programme or for UK nationals studying or working in Europe as part of an Erasmus+ programme should refer to the same websites as applicants (above), plus :

Information for staff

Information for staff from the European Union who are already employed by the university or by one of our academic partners is also available on the above websites.

Message from the principal and vice-chancellor

Professor Crichton Lang, Principal and Vice-Chancellor

We continue to follow negotiations on the detail of the UK's exit from the European Union, acutely aware of the impact they will have on our students and staff, as well as learning, teaching and research at the university.

We have always held collaborations with our European Union partner universities and networks in high esteem and are committed to finding ways to continue this valuable work, whether through research initiatives, incoming and outgoing mobility opportunities, or transnational projects – irrespective of the outcome of the transition negotiations.

The contribution made to our university by our colleagues and students who are European Union nationals is also of great importance. You are, and always have been, a vital and essential part of our work and we look forward to that continuing in the years to come.

For now, we continue to engage in the debate about our future relationship with the European Union, working with regional and national organisations to ensure the specific impact on our work in the Highlands and Islands is acknowledged and addressed in the months and years ahead.

We will keep students, staff and the wider university community updated as new information becomes available.

Professor Crichton Lang
Interim Principal and Vice-Chancellor