Latest Updates

Latest Updates

(The page was last updated on 22 July 2022)

We will be regularly updating this page to ensure our students and staff have the most up-to-date and relevant information surrounding Brexit negotiations.

For the latest information on getting ready for Brexit, go to

  • Horizon Europe: Staff members who are successful at receiving Horizon Europe funds can access the UKRI guarantee fund Horizon Europe Guarantee Guidance 18 July 22.pdf ( in case there is a delay in signature of the Trade and Co-operation Agreement which formalises the UK’s associated status. This ensures continued participation in Horizon Europe grants and networks.

  • The University has launched EU Scholarships for EU students applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in September 2021 and January 2022. (December 2020)

  • Read a copy of the latest Brexit Information for students here (November 2020)

  • The University Senate has passed a motion calling for solidarity with students and staff affected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.  This asks that Senate continues to welcome their participation in the life of this University, now and in the future. (February 2020)

  • The University of Aberdeen has announced a new £100,000 fund to help to maintain and strengthen its European research links. Read our press release here.  


    On the day of the UK’s departure from the EU, Principal George Boyne and Vice-Principal for Education Ruth Taylor take questions from the audience at an event held in the Sir Duncan Rice library to celebrate the University’s European connections. Watch the video here. (January 2020)

  • The Government has published:
    Changes and Choices - Advice on future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation, commissioned by the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. A report co-authored by Professor Sir Adrian Smith and Professor Graeme Reid, providing independent advice on the design of UK funding schemes for international collaboration, innovation and curiosity-driven blue-skies research. Published in November 2019. (January 2020)

  • A report from the House of Lords European Union Committee on the implications of Brexit for UK participation in the EU’s flagship programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, and Erasmus+. (January 2020)

  • Briefing compiled by UUK and UUKI, titled ‘Securing an Effective Post Brexit Settlement for UK Universities’ (January 2020)
  • The First Minister of Scotland has written an open letter to EU citizens. (October 2019)
  • Vice-Principal Alan Speight has written to local MPs in support of Universities UK’s Support Study Abroad campaign, which is asking the UK Government to commit to continue funding study abroad opportunities for UK students, even if the UK is unable to negotiate continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme.  MPs who have been sent letters include Kirsty Blackman MP (Aberdeen North), Ross Thompson MP (Aberdeen South), Andrew Bowie MP (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine), Colin Clark MP (Gordon), David Duguid MP (Banff and Buchan), Douglas Ross MP (Moray), and Kirstene Hair MP (Angus). (October 2019)
  • The UK Government has announced the re-introduction of a two year post-study work route for international students within the UK Higher Sector. This will enable international students on Tier IV visas to remain in the UK for up to two years on completion of undergraduate (or higher courses). The expectation is that the post-study work route will include students commencing courses in 2020/21. (September 2019)
  • The Scottish Government announced the extension of Home Fee status for EU students studying in the 2020/2021 academic year. (April 2019)
  • Professor Tom Bentley, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, was interviewed by Original 106 and answered a number of questions from listeners. (April 2019)

  • The University was mentioned in a Press and Journal article reporting on potential research funding risks in the event of a no-deal Brexit. (March 2019)
  • Staff and students received an update from the Principal, detailing the steps the University is taking to prepare for Brexit and sharing Richard Lochhead's recent letter. (March 2019)
  • The Principal received a letter from Richard Lochhead, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Sciencehighlighting the Scottish Government's actions in relation to Brexit. (March 2019)
  • The Scottish Parliament's Information Centre (SPICe) publishes regular Brexit Updates every month.
  • The Scottish Government published a Brexit Action Plan for Further and Higher Education in collaboration with the Scottish Funding Council. (March 2019)
  • Universities UK has launched the #SupportStudyAbroad campaign to protect study abroad in case of no-deal Brexit. This is the University of Aberdeen’s position: Erasmus+ is a superb scheme that enables around 250 of our students to study and work abroad each year. The Erasmus+ scheme also provides funding to enable students from less advantaged backgrounds to have an international opportunity. While there will still be opportunities with the University of Aberdeen to go abroad if there is a no-deal Brexit, we hope funding for a replacement scheme will be confirmed. (February 2019)
  • Professor George Boyne was quoted in the Press and Journal in an article discussing the potential effects of Brexit on the University’s research. (January 2019)
  • The Government published a White paper on the UK’s future skills-based immigration system to end free movement. (December 2018)
  • The Scottish Funding Council published a summary of the potential impacts of the UK leaving the European Union on colleges and universities. (December 2018)
  • The University signed a joint letter with the heads of Scotland’s medical schools to warn of Brexit’s potential impact on pioneering research and science. (November 2018)
  • Dr Scott Allan, Lecturer in Management Studies at the University of Aberdeen, published a blog discussing the dangers of pragmatism in Brexit negotiations. (November 2018)
  • Find out more about applying to the EU Settlement Scheme from the UK Government’s webpage. Information can also be accessed here.
  • The Guardian reported on senior UK academics’ call for people’s vote to save universities, quoting Professor George Boyne. (November 2018)
  • The Scottish Government published an assessment of the UK Government’s proposed future relationship with the EU as set out in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and the political declaration which the UK Government has negotiated with the EU 27. (November 2018)
  • A joint statement was issued by the Scottish Government, Colleges Scotland, Universities Scotland, National Union of Students Scotland, UNISON, Educational Institute of Scotland, University and College Union and Royal Society of Edinburgh. (November 2018)
  • Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Richard Lochhead, spoke in Parliament in November 2018, about possible implications of Brexit on Scottish research and science.
  • A stakeholder working group on EU exit, universities, research and innovation was established in November 2018 to provide a forum for government and representatives of the universities, science, research and innovation communities to discuss issues of common interest relating to the exit from the EU. The Terms of Reference can be found here. (November 2018)
  • EU Settlement Scheme Pilot (Next Phase) October 2018
  • Professor George Boyne was quoted in The Times discussing the risk Brexit poses to the University’s recruitment of European staff and students. (September 2018)
  • Settlement Scheme for EU citizens update. (August 2018)
  • Dr Robert Brett Taylor and Dr Adelyn L M Wilson, Lecturers from the University’s Law School, submitted an article for the Edinburgh Law Review, discussing an Article 50 referral. (August 2018)
  • The Government published a white paper on the future relationship between the UK and the EU. (July 2018)
  • The Treasury announced that UK organisations that secure funding through EU programmes until the end of 2020 will be guaranteed by the UK government, even in a no deal scenario. (July 2018)
  • Dr Scott Allan, Lecturer in Management Studies at the University of Aberdeen, published a blog discussing leadership theory and Theresa May’s role in Brexit. (June 2018)
  • The Scottish Government announced in February 2018 that eligible EU nationals studying in Scotland in 2019-20 would be eligible for payment of their tuition fees for the duration of their course.