Statement from the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge on the result of the EU Referendum

Dear fellow alumni, students, prospective students, teachers, parents,

We are sure that, like us, you are very concerned by the implications of the very sad, bad result of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. We wish to share with you the statement of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, which was published on 28 June, 2016. Here is the full text:

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We recognise that there is a great deal of uncertainty around the referendum result that called for the UK to leave the European Union.

I would like to reassure our staff and students that discussions are already underway with senior figures in Government, higher education and other stakeholders to assess, and give due prominence to, the critical issues which are facing our University, and the sector as a whole.

At the same time, a University working group is already meeting to consider staff, students, post-doctoral research, partnerships and nationality issues.

I would like to stress again that, even though the referendum result was in favour of leaving the European Union, there is no immediate change to the University’s teaching, research and other activities. We will continue to work as normal.

The University will work closely with the Government to ensure it takes steps to guarantee that staff and students from the EU can continue to work and study in this country, and that the higher education sector has a strong voice in ongoing negotiations. Cambridge thrives as part of a wide international community of academic staff and students, and we remain deeply committed to global cooperation and our dedicated staff who come from all over the world.

It is not currently known what the impact of leaving the EU will have on UK policy on higher education tuition fees, loans and bursaries. However, the University can confirm that:

Undergraduate EU students who are already studying at Cambridge, who have an offer to study at Cambridge, or who apply in 2016 to start their studies in 2017, will continue to be charged the UK fee rate applicable at the time, provided this continues to be permitted by UK law. Please note that the UK fee rate may be subject to increases, which may be annual.
Graduate Home/EU students who are already studying at Cambridge, and those who have applied or are applying to start their studies in the academic year 2016/17, will continue to be charged the Home/EU fee rate applicable at the time of their application, provided this continues to be permitted by UK law.

The fees for all applicants, including Home/EU students, considering entry in 2018 (including deferred entry from 2017), have yet to be set.

We also welcome the recent guarantees from Jo Johnson, the Minister of State for Universities and Science, regarding EU nationals and student loans/grants.

The Government has also made it clear that the referendum result will have no immediate effect on those applying to Horizon 2020. The UK’s status as a full, participating member of the Horizon 2020 programme has not changed as a result of the referendum vote – existing project grants and contracts will be honoured unless or until advised otherwise. UK institutions also remain fully eligible to apply to all funding schemes of Horizon 2020.

Work is underway to consider how best to communicate internal developments with specific members of the University. Further information will be available next week on the University’s website.

You may also be interested to read University UK’s statement on the referendum result.

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz

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Study at UK Universities: Information Evening, 13 April, 2016

On Wednesday, 13 April, 2016 the Cambridge Society, together with the Oxford University Society of Luxembourg and the alumni associations of the London School of Economics and the University of Warwick held an information evening for students in Luxembourg schools, their parents and teachers at the Ecole de Commerce et de Gestion on the Geesseknäppchen Campus in Luxembourg. This was the most successful information evening yet, with an estimated 250 participants from schools all over the country: the various Luxembourg lycées, the European Schools, the International School of Luxembourg, St. Georges British School…….

The new British Ambassador to Luxembourg, John Marshall, welcomed the participants, emphasising the strong interest of UK universities in encouraging applications from students outside the UK, and the very high quality of the education that they offer.  Jon Beard, the Director of Undergraduate Admissions in the Cambridge University Admissions Office, explained  why students should be interested in applying to UK universities in general and what are the benefits of a UK university education, what the universities are looking for in successful applicants, and how students should prepare themselves for a successful application. He also described the attractions of university life beyond the hard studying, with an excellent social life and a wide range of available activities. He went into more detail about the specific aspects of applying to and studying in Cambridge. Steve Brabbs of the Cambridge Society of Luxembourg briefly described the technical process of applying through UCAS to UK universities, and explained some of the support activities (for example, offering practice interviews to students who apply to Oxford or Cambridge) provided by the Oxford and Cambridge Societies in Luxembourg. This was the first time that the alumni associations of the LSE and University of Warwick were involved in the evening, so Lucas Carbonaro of the LSE Alumni Association and Jessica Whytehorn of the Warwick University alumni briefly described the attractions of their respective universities. The presentations were rounded off by  Ann Cloos, a first-year student from Luxembourg studying Natural Sciences at King’s College, Cambridge, who described her experiences so far.

During the second part of the evening the students, parents and teachers we able to discuss with the speakers and alumni from the four universities who live and work in Luxembourg all aspects of studying at and living in UK universities. This is a most interesting and useful aspect of the information evening and is much appreciated by the participants. Light refreshments were enjoyed by those who stayed for this part of the evening.

These information evenings started as something focused exclusively on Oxford and Cambridge, organised by the two alumni societies in Luxembourg. It is planned that next year we will go further in broadening the evening to cover studying at UK universities in general, which will require different inputs. It will, however, meet the needs of a wider range of students in Luxembourg.

A big thank you to all the Cambridge alumni  in Luxembourg who came along to the evening and helped to make it such a success!!

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