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Brexit and Scottish colleges and universities

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is working with colleges, universities, the Scottish Government, and wider stakeholders to identify and respond to the potential impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU).

Following the result of the 2019 general election, it is now likely that the UK will leave the EU by 31 January 2020. The UK would then enter a transition period which would last until 31 December 2020, with the possibility of an extension. Although a no-deal Brexit is now less likely, it is still a possibility. We will continue to update this page as political developments occur.


Our work has included:

Producing or contributing to reports and publications

On 9 December 2018, we published a briefing of the potential impacts on colleges and universities of the UK leaving the EU [PDF].

We have published guidance for Scottish colleges and universities on managing a no-deal Brexit [PDF], which includes a number of useful links for further information. Please be aware that although a no-deal Brexit is less likely following the 2019 general election, it could still occur. This is a live document and will be updated as appropriate. The no-deal guidance should be used in conjunction with the associated Brexit Checklist [PDF].

The College Brexit Forum (the Forum) produced the report EU Exit - Impact on Colleges [PDF] to provide a strategic overview of the potential challenges facing the college sector in Scotland as a result of Brexit. The Forum is made up of representatives from Colleges Scotland, Scottish Government, NUS Scotland, the College Development Network, EIS, Unison, and SFC.

Responding to consultations

As part of our work we have provided responses to consultations regarding:

  • The Horizon programme.
  • European Structural Funds.
  • The future of immigration.
  • International engagement post-Brexit.

Consultations have been at a Scottish, UK and European level. Please contact a member of the team if you would like to discuss any of our responses.

EU Exit team