To address this the University has convened a Brexit Readiness Working Group. As your Students’ Union President, I will be part of this group, ensuring that your student voice is central to all discussions. The team and I will be communicating with all students throughout to help shape these discussions. A key priority for the working group will be supporting EU national staff and students in accessing the same rights that they currently have now, and we will be looking at the issues and opportunities for UUSU and the University as the UK prepares to leave the EU.
As per some of your concerns, the University has appealed for clarification regarding the future mobility of students and staff, for Erasmus students to be considered on an all-island basis, and for the introduction of post-study work visas for students – a measure which already exists in the Republic. The Group will also be ascertaining the impact that Brexit could have throughout the organisation, and be making key business decisions on the aspects of Brexit with particular relevance to us all. These include; workplace rights, freedom of movement within the Common Trade Area, Horizon 2020, Erasmus+, Research facilities, funding and grants.
Shortly, a link will be circulated to all students pointing to the redesigned and updated Brexit webpages which will continue to update you on emerging questions and responses on Brexit relating to the University and on how we are managing the impact of any Brexit.
I am also keen to hear from you, so if you have any specific concerns or comments in relation to Brexit that you would like to be addressed, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org