Is LSE Ready for a No Deal?

An update on LSE and Brexit

As it currently stands, the UK is due to begin the process of leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019. In the run up to this date and beyond, all staff across the school are working to ensure, whatever the outcome, you experience the least disruption possible to your time at LSE and are supported throughout the process.

Student fees and research funding

Despite current uncertainties, the UK Government has provided guarantees across some areas that impact LSE students. They include:

·         All current EU students  will continue to be eligible for home fee status. Financial assistance will remain available for the duration of your course, with no change from the current Government guidelines.

·         The Government has confirmed funding for Horizon 2020 awards to cover grant applications after the UK leaves the EU until 2020.

·         In July 2018, the UK Government extended a commitment on EU funding to underwrite the payments of all competitive grants to include centralised Erasmus+ funding until the end of 2020

Leaving the EU will not happen overnight – there will be a gradual exit process, with significant opportunities to seek assurances and influence future policy. LSE will continue to provide updates, and you can read LSE’s FAQs for students online, which cover a number of key issues that may affect you.

A Statement from Minouche Shafik, LSE’s Director:

“Whilst there is uncertainty around a no deal Brexit and its impact, we remain, as ever, unequivocal in our support of all LSE students and staff. The international diversity and global outlook of our School is a source of great pride and strength.

Since the decision to leave the EU was announced, LSE’s School Management Committee have monitored how LSE may be affected by Brexit in its various forms and planned mitigation in response. We have also been active in setting out the challenges facing our staff, students and the School itself to Government, to Parliament, and to our partners. We will continue to do this moving forwards at all levels.

Brexit is a fast changing picture and I appreciate that many of you may be experiencing anxiety about what the future holds, both personally and for our School.

We will continue to provide updates as the process progresses, but let me assure you that as an institution, and a School Management Committee, we will always emphasise the importance of maintaining LSE’s international character, strengthening our global relationships, and protecting the intellectual vibrancy, tolerance and mutual respect that makes our community so special.”

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