The UK (including Scotland) may soon be leaving the EU – this could be as soon as 29 March 2019 in a process known as Brexit. There is still a great deal of uncertainty as to what will happen and what the impacts may be. The Scottish Government has a general information website which is being regularly updated.
Brexit remains an issue of enormous concern and uncertainty for all of us in the education and culture sectors and I appreciate the impact this has personally on current staff and students as well as prospective students currently making their HE destination choices.
Here at RCS we continue to assert to our funders, politicians and policymakers the essential contribution our European staff and students make to this community and the vital importance to Scotland of our social, cultural and economic ties to Europe.
What we do know at present is that undergraduate EU students who enrolled at RCS this academic year (2018-19) will continue to have access to free tuition from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for the duration of their course. This guarantee has been extended to undergraduate students beginning their studies in the 2019-20 academic year who will also have access to free tuition for the duration of their course.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is an outward-looking and world-class performing arts institution which values and benefits from the rich international diversity of its student and staff we welcome the Scottish Government’s continuing commitment to EU students starting their studies with us here in 2019.
We will continue to share any updates we receive.
– Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal
- The Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) website offers up-to-date guidance to students on how Brexit may impact on tuition fee support.
- The UK government has issued guidance (on 31st January 2019) entitled EU Exit: no deal preparations for higher education institutions
- The UK government issued a statement on 6th February 2019, via the British Council, about the Erasmus+ scheme
- Universities UK is continually updating information on their website and has created a Brexit FAQs page which you may find useful.
- UKCISA has updated its guidance on the EU settlement scheme. It includes an introduction to the scheme, how to apply and information about how the scheme will operate if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.