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Staff heard about the University's preparations for various Brexit scenarios. A video of the meeting is available.

An open meeting was held last week to inform staff how the University is preparing for the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The meeting provided an opportunity for staff to hear updates and discuss important issues with the University’s leadership.

Professor Stephen Toope, the Vice-Chancellor, opened the meeting with acknowledgement of the “very difficult times” which are causing concern for many staff and students across the university. The Vice-Chancellor made a commitment that the University of Cambridge will continue to lobby the government in the interests of its staff and students. In particular, Professor Toope noted the university’s preference for a “light touch” visa system which avoids including EEA nationals in the Tier 4 system, and the avoidance of the £30k salary limit for employees, which would seriously impact skilled technical workers such as technicians.

The Vice-Chancellor also explained that the university is developing contingency plans for a number of different potential outcomes and subsequent speakers gave more information about these plans: Renata Schaeffer, Assistant Director (Biological Sciences) gave an update from the Research Office; Graeme Ross, Immigration and Compliance Manager, spoke on immigration and residency; and Professor Graham Virgo, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) gave a presentation on students and education funding.

A lively Q&A session followed, with the audience putting questions to the speakers. A full video of the meeting can be found here and the slides can be downloaded here [both require Raven login].

We are committed to keeping you informed about how the University is preparing for various Brexit scenarios and their impact. We will send further updates in the coming months, and another open meeting will be held in Lent Term 2019. For FAQs and analysis by Cambridge experts, please see our Brexit website:





17 December 2018