This page is updated regularly to provide you with important information about how Brexit may affect you as a current or future member of staff. The information is based on the latest UK Government guidelines.
EU Settlement Scheme
The EU Settlement Scheme provides EU/EEA/Swiss nationals with a secured immigration status so they can continue to live, work and study in the UK, after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
Please note that the deadline to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme for most cases has passed (30 June 2021). There are some exceptions, such as applications for children or to join family members. For further information on who can still apply, visit the UK Government website.
Further background information
Further information on the EU Settlement Scheme can be found on the UK Government website and in the below documents:
- What is the EU Settlement Scheme
- How to apply
- Application Guidance
- Verify your identity
- Support available
UK points-based immigration system
Since 1 January 2021, the UK's new points-based immigration system came into force. This applies to all EU/EEA/Swiss citizens coming to the UK from this point forward (as well as any EU/EEA/Swiss citizens that have not successfully applied under the Settlement Scheme). If you need immigration advice you can also use the UK Government website to find a regulated immigration professional.
You can find out more about the changes to student finance by visiting our EU Withdrawal page for students.
Erasmus+ in the UK and the Turing Scheme
Erasmus+ (2014-2020 programme)
You can find out more about the changes to the Erasmus+ programme by visiting our EU Withdrawal page for students.
The UK Government decided not to associate with the new Erasmus programme (2021-2027). It is instead, introducing a new UK international mobility programme called the Turing Scheme.
The Turing Scheme is global programme that funds for international opportunities in education and training across the world. This funding allows organisations to provide students with the chance to develop new skills, gain vital international experience and boost their employability. The Turing Scheme is:
- international in coverage
- will support mobility for remaining Erasmus+ funding, but cannot be used to double fund mobilities
- will not provide financial support for inward mobility of international students to the UK
- will not support staff mobility
- will not support strategic partnerships (and similar types of projects supported under the Erasmus+ programme).
Coventry University has received £3m for the academic year 2022/23 to support international study abroad and work placements, which is managed by the Global Mobility team.
EU Research and Innovation Framework programmes
Horizon 2020 (2014-2020)
The UK remains eligible to participate in the Horizon 2020 programme.
Projects successfully bid for under this programme will continue to receive EU funding for the full duration of the project, including those which run beyond the end of 2020.
Horizon Europe (2021-2027)
UK organisations are fully eligible to participate in most parts of the new programme. However, UK organisations cannot sign grant agreements (for successful projects) until the UK’s association to Horizon Europe is formally in place, which is expected to be before the end of 2021.
Travelling to Europe
Travel to the EU and the four EFTA countries (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) has changed since 1 January 2021 as a result of UK withdrawal from the EU. This situation is further complicated by the continued restrictions in place in the context of COVID-19.
For some types of travel (notably short and longer-stay business travel) a mixture of common rules at EU level and national rules (i.e. specific to certain Member States) will apply.
If you’re a UK national and wish to travel to the EU for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period, you won’t require a visa. Different rules do apply for Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania, however. The UK's new immigration system, which came into force on 1 January 2021, provides for up to six months of visa-free travel for short-stay tourist visits to the UK. The UK Government has published information on steps to take when travelling to the EU.
If you’re a UK national travelling to an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein for less than 90 days in a 180-day period for work, you may be able to carry out some work activity without getting a visa or work permit (for example, going to a business meeting). You can check the business travel requirements of each country by visiting the UK Government website.
Currently, all overseas travel needs to be approved by the Vice Chancellor, and for work trips lasting for 2 weeks or more, a business case needs to be completed before commencement of the work trip. The business case can be found on the People Gateway.
Information on the new points-based immigration system (and visa-free travel to the UK for short-stays of up to six months) can be found on the UK Government website.
Import and export of goods
Our Tax and Compliance Team can provide guidance to ensure the smoothest and most cost effective import and export process. You can send queries to TaxEnq.email@example.com, who will need the following information:
- Description of the goods being imported (as detailed as possible including what the goods are to be used for once imported into the UK)
- Value of the goods being imported
- Import agent or supplier being used
- Date of purchase/import
- Invoice/PO if available
- Whether the goods are in-transit, in a customs warehouse or to be bought in the future.