In recognition that the referendum decision for the UK to leave the European Union (EU) has caused considerable anxiety and uncertainty for many of our staff, the University has commissioned Simon Kenny, an immigration law expert from Eversheds Solicitors to provide support and advice to its international staff on issues associated with UK residency and citizenship

This support will take the form of a number of information sessions to be run during November.

The University is extending support to all international staff, not just non-UK EEA (European Economic Area) staff.  This is because some of the issues involved apply also to non-EEA colleagues, although the referendum outcome does not change their status or potential future status in the UK.  Separate sessions are being run for non-UK EEA and non-EEA staff in recognition that there are differences in the position and status of these two groups.

Relevant colleagues will shortly receive a communication containing more details of the arrangements, including instructions on how to book a place at the sessions.

For those staff unable to attend, recordings of the sessions will be filmed and put on the University’s webpages dedicated to giving the latest information and updates on the EU situation.

The University has already set up an EU Working Group (EUWG), made up of senior colleagues, aimed at addressing the issues affecting the University arising from the Brexit decision.  At the request of the EUWG, work is being undertaken with a view to building capacity in the Human Resources Directorate to provide on-going support and guidance on immigration matters to current, new and prospective international staff.

The University remains committed to being a global university that embraces staff and students from across the world.  We hope that taken together these measures will enable the University to maintain its position as an employer of choice globally.

If you have any comments or queries on issues associated with Brexit you can email: EU@manchester.ac.uk

Originally posted on the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Intranet Announcements page

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