EU referendum: Statement from the Warden, Ken Macdonald QC

27th June 2016

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Following the referendum result, I want to make clear that Wadham is determined to secure its internationalist view of the world, doing everything in our power to continue to welcome people of all nationalities and backgrounds to live, study and work here. Our openness to the world nurtures our scholarship, broadens our minds and enriches our lives. I’m sure I speak for everyone at Wadham in extending especially warm wishes to all of our colleagues from fellow European countries. We are delighted and honoured that you are a part of our community.

Oxford University statement

The University has planned for the key questions arising from a vote in favour of leaving the EU.

Currently, UK membership enables staff and students from across the EU to come to Oxford, and assists Oxford's staff and students to work and study in Europe. The formal process for leaving the European Union will take at least two years. Our staff and students can be assured that in the short term, we anticipate no disruption to employment or study. As UK and EU negotiations advance, we will keep students, staff and potential applicants closely informed.

EU membership has also enabled Oxford's participation in pan-European research collaborations, and has guaranteed the opportunity to access EU research funding (of some £66m in 2014/15). Research support teams will be actively reviewing funding bids, and we will take guidance from UK Government and relevant agencies on future eligibility and new opportunities.

UK membership of the EU has supported our broader vision for Oxford as a global hub for intellectual engagement. However, the University recognised that individuals held differing views, and encouraged open debate on the issues. A democratic decision has been made and Oxford will continue as one of the world’s outstanding universities, playing a leading role in shaping the UK's future.

  • Warden of Wadham College, Ken Macdonald QC

    Warden of Wadham College, Ken Macdonald QC