Brexit advice for staff

Frequently asked questions for University of Plymouth staff

I am a current EU/EEA staff member or am interested in applying for a job here in the future – what are my options?

The UK Government has already confirmed there’s to be no immediate changes to the immigration status of EU/EEA staff who are already here or who arrive by the end of the Government’s Brexit transition period, which currently is 31 December 2020. EU/EEA colleagues wishing to stay in the UK can apply for ‘pre-settled’ or ‘settled status’ under the EU Settlement Scheme. This allows EU/EEA citizens to live, work and study in the UK for as long as they like under current immigration rules. The settlement scheme opened on 30 March 2019 and will remain so until 30 June 2021.

How this works is that EU/EEA citizens who have already been in the UK for five years and can evidence that, will be granted ‘settled status’. EU citizens who have been in the UK for fewer than five years will be granted ‘pre-settled’ status until they reach the five-year residency requirement. Those EU/EEA nationals with permanent residence will be able to convert their permanent residence status into the new settled status free of charge, subject only to verification of identity, a criminality and security check and proof of ongoing residence.

What University support is available to current EU/EEA staff?

Human Resources will be hosting further one-to-one sessions throughout February for those wishing for additional support during their ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status application. Sessions will be held on the following dates and will be 30 minutes each:

  • Wednesday 5 February 2020 – 9:30 to 16:30, Room 103, 17 Portland Villas
  • Friday 14 February 2020 – 9:00 to 16:00, Room 004, 17 Portland Villas
  • Thursday 20 February 2020 – 10:30 to 16:30pm, Room 103, 17 Portland Villas
  • Thursday 27 February 2020 – 9:00 to 16.30pm, Room 103, 17 Portland Villas
If you wish to book a one-to-one session, please contact Ashleigh Sharpe, HR Administration Team Leader, on 01752 (5)88227 or 

In addition, Human Resources will also be arranging for an Android device to be made available, in 17 Portland Villas, should individuals wish to use this for the identity check element of their application. Please note that those with an iPhone (generation 8 or newer) will now be able to use their Apple device to complete the ID check. Please contact Ashleigh Sharpe, HR Administration Team Leader, on 01752 (5)88227 or, if you wish to use the Android device, so that she can ensure it is available for you. 

Please note that the University is unable to give individual legal or financial advice to employees regarding their options for applying for ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status. We would recommend that employees seek independent legal/financial advice as appropriate.

What is the impact on EU research funding for Universities like Plymouth?

If staff have any specific queries about their EU funded research projects and their eligibility for any EU funding then they should contact

Other helpful and up-to-date external resources include the relevant sections on the UK Government and UK Research Office websites.

How will Brexit affect overseas work travel?

According to the UK Government, current travel arrangements will stay the same until at least 31 December 2020. You will not need to apply for a visa to travel or work in the EU during this time. Therefore field trips and other such overseas activities should not be impacted. Read the UK Government latest travel advice.

Where can I go for further guidance and support?

Further details on the EU settlement scheme and guidance can be found on the HR staff intranet pages. If you wish to speak with a member of HR, please telephone 01752 (5)88186 or email

This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Whilst carefully checked and designed to be helpful, it is a guide only and must be used in conjunction with the official Government advice on the website.