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Brexit: UAL and the European Union

Written by Anna Tsekouras
Published date 31 January 2020

At 11pm on Friday 31 January, the UK is legally out of the EU.

Despite this, very little will change immediately. The UK enters an 11-month period, known as the 'transition period', which will keep us bound to the EU's rules.

Over the upcoming weeks and months, we will carefully monitor the situation and ensure staff and students are regularly updated of any changes which could affect them.

UAL remains committed to its students and staff wherever they are from, and we truly believe that knowledge and scholarship are borderless. We are determined to thrive beyond Brexit and emphasise our commitment to our students and international partners, everywhere.

Our commitment is reflected through the wide range of research projects and partnerships which are underpinned by our close relationship with prestigious organisations and institutions across Europe and beyond. Our partners this year are international cities, universities, industry and community organisations.

This includes our first ever city partnership, signed with the Mayor of Bilbao and our work with other new European partners include NOVA University Lisbon, with whom we are collaborating on a new art and design school in Trafaria. Meanwhile, London College of Communication is working with four European universities in coLAB. This European teaching initiative promotes inclusive practices to enhance understanding and respect in academia for refugees. We remain determined to continue to strengthen these relationships and others beyond Brexit.

UAL is global

A thriving international university - UAL supplies the world’s need for creativity.

We are Europe’s largest specialist arts and design university, ranked number 2 in the world for art and design in the QS world university rankings.

Our critical mass and reputation allow us to take a leading role in the creative economy in the UK, Europe and beyond. We actively influence global cultural debates through the diversity and international reach of our staff, students and alumni.

With students from 113 countries outside the EU forming 39% of our student body, a further 15% are drawn from EU27 countries. The international experience within our colleges is a key reason for the success of our alumni on the global stage and our strength in graduate employment across all student groups.

We will continue to be open to all students including those from the EU. For all of our students, UAL is a place to meet new people and discover unexpected talents, while living in one of the world’s most exciting cities.

Find out more

For more information on the EU Settlement Scheme, visit the Government website.

Find out more about Brexit information for students.

UAL supports London is Open campaign