FAQs for staff

Information and guidance for all LSE staff

LSE remains committed to being a truly international community of staff and students. Openness and international diversity will remain essential to life at LSE no matter what the future may hold.

Leaving the EU will not happen overnight – there will be a gradual exit process over a two year period with significant opportunities to seek assurances and influence future policy.

These FAQs cover a number of key issues that may affect LSE staff.

I am from an EU member state working here under freedom of movement. What will happen to my terms of employment?

The immigration status of staff has not changed as a result of the vote so there will be no immediate impact on employment status.

Please see further reassurance provided by the UK government here.

Indications at this stage are of no long-term change, but this is for the UK government to decide. 

Will I need to get a visa to remain?

The immigration status for EU staff has not changed, and this will not change prior to the UK leaving the EU.

Any long-term changes to the status of EU workers will depend on future decisions by the UK government in discussion with the EU, but there are positive early indications.

If you would like to apply for permanent residence, please see the information on how to make an application on the UKVI website and scroll to the bottom of the page to the section called ‘getting permanent residence’.

If you need a letter to confirm your employment at LSE, please email the HR Division at humanresources@lse.ac.uk to request one.

What support is the School providing?

The School will reimburse the cost of a postal permanent residence application. The reimbursement will be for one year in the first instance and applications made within the period 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2017 will be eligible for reimbursement.

Staff who wish to apply in person using the UKVI’s premium service may apply for an interest-free loan, repayable over 12 months, to help them cover the additional cost. In addition, staff may apply for an interest-free loan to help them cover the application fees for their dependants.

To claim your reimbursement, please bring the receipt for your application to the HR Division, where you will be asked to complete and sign a claims form.

If you wish to apply for a loan to cover the application costs of either using the UKVI’s premium service, or applying for permanent residency for your dependants, please contact Payroll at fin.div.payroll@lse.ac.uk to make the arrangements.

For any staff who feel their circumstances mean that they need one-to-one advice on the options available to them (depending on levels of interest), HR will either arrange a drop-in session or a direct phone conversation with the lawyer. Please email HR.Visas@lse.ac.uk to express your interest.

What will happen to existing research project funding?

The HM Treasury has agreed to underwrite the payments of Horizon 2020 grants signed whilst the UK remains a member of the EU for projects that continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.

More information can be found at the following links:

What does this mean for future research funding?

UK researchers are able to continue to make applications to Horizon 2020 until any withdrawal from the EU is complete.

The extent of UK participation in future EU research programmes will depend on domestic decisions by the UK government, and negotiations with the EU. The government has stated that it is “determined to ensure that the UK continues to play a leading role in European and international research.”

Colleagues in the Research Division will be in contact with officials in Brussels to seek clarifications wherever that is possible. The School will also work with our partners in the Russell Group to push the UK government to clarify the position of the UK science community with respect to the EU research programmes.

If your research funding or EU collaborations have been affected by the vote to leave the EU, please send details of your experience to Jon Deer – J.Deer@lse.ac.uk – in the Research Division.

Will there be an impact on opportunities for collaboration with our EU partner organisations?

There will be no immediate impact on collaborations or projects.

The number of opportunities in the future may partly depend on the decisions by the UK government following negotiations with the EU.

But LSE has strong established ties with many universities and organisations both inside and outside the EU.

Colleagues with ongoing projects or who are considering submitting new proposals to Horizon 2020 can contact the LSE Research Division for more information and up-to-date advice.