Dec 12 2017
On Friday the UK and EU reported on progress made in the first phase of negotiations regarding Brexit. You can read the full report here.

Agreement was reached on three areas including that three million EU citizens currently in the UK would be allowed to continue living and working in the UK. This is welcome news, but of course, there is much detail still to be worked through.

As discussions go forward, the views of HEIs will continue to be represented by Universities UK (UUK). You can read the latest update on their work on our EU Hub pages. Royal Holloway is also represented by the Mayor of London, through our membership of London Higher.

While on the face of it, the news on Friday may be of some comfort regarding the overall direction of travel of the negations to EU nationals living in the UK, much is still uncertain. Recognising this, in the New Year, the legal firm Pinsent Masons will host workshops for colleagues from the EU. The sessions will offer an opportunity for colleagues to ask questions and receive professional guidance, based on the information currently available.

Two sessions will be held initially, more may follow in response to demand.  Dates and how to sign up will be available on the intranet. If you are unable to attend, the sessions will be recorded and made available on the staff intranet.

Our HR team are also working on streamlining our processes so that when clarity is available, we will be prepared to support affected colleagues. Should colleagues need to provide information or evidence such as proof of employment history, we will ensure systems are in place to respond to these requests as quickly as we can.

I appreciate that this is a very anxious time for our EU colleagues, friends and collaborators. Royal Holloway is a diverse community, and we are stronger as a result.  In these uncertain times, it is important that we continue to support one another and be sensitive to the impact Brexit and the ongoing negotiations are having on colleagues.

Professor Paul Layzell