EU Referendum

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EU Referendum

This section provides all of the latest information for current students, applicants and staff on the developments regarding the post-referendum discussions.

GCU statements

UK Government updates

Scottish Government statements

Useful information and downloads

Information for undergraduate students

Latest information for current students from the EU

Current university students from the EU and those applying to courses starting in 2017–18 and 2018-19 in Scotland will not see any changes to their loan eligibility or fee status which you may currently receive from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). This guarantee will apply for the full duration of the course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.

Please visit the SAAS website for more information:

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) website

For more information on fees, please visit our tuition fee section


Information for postgraduate taught students

The Scottish Government has now confirmed that there is no change in current funding arrangements for EU students commencing their studies in 2017 and 2018.

Postgraduate tuition fees 2017/18

Information for EU staff

For now, there is no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU. Following the triggering of Article 50, a two-year deadline for completion of negotiations is underway.

The UK remains a member of the EU throughout this process, and until Article 50 negotiations have concluded.

Status and information of EU citizens in the UK is available from the UK Government. This source provides updates with the latest information about the status of European Union (EU) citizens, and their families, in the UK as the EU negotiations progress.

A policy paper published by the UK Government sets out the UK Government's position.

GCU recognises and values the contribution that all staff make to the continued success of the University, and is committed to informing and supporting its staff who are EU nationals during this transition period. Download a document outlining the University's specific commitments.

Latest UK Government communication in the event of No Deal

Latest communication sent by the UK Government in relation to UK's exit from the European Union and EU citizens rights:


The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union today set out information for EU citizens and their family members in the UK in the event of a no deal exit from the EU.

The UK Government:

  • Confirms that if there is no deal, the EU Settlement Scheme will continue to be implemented, enabling EU citizens and their family members living in the UK by 29 March 2019 to secure their status and continue to be able to work, study, and access benefits and services in the UK on the same basis after we exit the EU as they do now. The scheme will be fully open by 30 March 2019 as planned.
  • Confirms that the Home Office will continue to look to grant status rather than refuse and in line with the UK commitment to be more generous in certain respects than the draft Withdrawal Agreement, a person will not be refused status under the EU Settlement Scheme because, for example, they are not economically active or they do not hold comprehensive sickness insurance.

There would be some changes to the EU Settlement Scheme if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and further details are set out in the policy document.  In particular, as there will be no agreed implementation period, the application deadline will be brought forward to 31 December 2020.

You do not need to do anything for now. The EU Settlement Scheme will be fully open by 30 March 2019.