press release
Published: 24 June 2016

Vice-Chancellor’s response to the EU referendum result

Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey, responds to the EU referendum result.

Professor Max Lu looking out by the stag statue

"Following the UK electorate’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), I know that people will have a lot of questions, many of which we cannot easily answer today. However, in the short-term there will not be any immediate material change to the immigration status of current and prospective staff and students, nor to the way the UK University sector participates in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus. 

"Over the weeks and months ahead, we will work with Universities UK (UUK) and other bodies as the Government decides the way forward. UUK has advised that Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty foresees a two-year negotiation process between the UK and other Member States, during which time the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union will be decided. We will work to ensure staff and students are kept fully informed of all these developments.

"The University of Surrey has a proud heritage of working with the wider European Community and embracing all the positive aspects that brings, be they economic, cultural or ideological. We will continue to work with and support students and staff from the EU. Their contribution to the University community and society as a whole is invaluable.

"We remain committed to our ideals and beliefs, and confident in our ability to adapt positively to the challenges ahead."

Professor G Q Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey

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