EU Referendum Result - Brexit
9th July 2016
The people of the UK have voted to leave the European Union and the practical implications of this will be significant, if difficult to predict at this early stage. However, there is no doubt that the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway University of London, will continue to warmly welcome, students, researchers and companies from across the globe, and to enjoy the lifelong friendships and collaborations that result. We have a rich international mix in our world-leading staff, and our students, who are drawn from over 100 countries, go on to enjoy life-long support as part of our 3500-strong network of alumni.
If you are an international student planning to study in the ISG then there are few assurances that you might welcome:
The recent announcement from the UK government has clarified the following: Students from other EU countries can now apply for places on undergraduate courses starting in Autumn 2017 with the certainty that they will not have to pay up-front tuition fees and now have a guarantee that they will receive government-backed loans to cover their tuition fee for the duration of their courses. This announcement also guarantees that EU students commencing courses in Autumn 2017 will continue to pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of their courses, even after the point the UK exits the EU. If you are a non-EU international student from a large set of selected countries, there are some generous fee discounts planned under an international diversity programme.
Working during your degree:
All international students at Royal Holloway are permitted to work 20 hours per week while studying full-time in the UK, under current visa arrangements. If you take the ISG MSc with one year in industry option, you are permitted to take a full-year paid placement, regardless of your country of origin.
There is a huge shortage of information/cyber security experts in the UK and world-wide, which is why our graduate employment figures have hit 100% in recent years.
Future visa requirements:
No one can say for certain what the future student/work visa requirements will be (if any), but there is unlikely to be any cause for concern. Our non-EU international students already receive visas to study at Royal Holloway. In terms of working after graduation, in the UK (or in any other country), information/cyber security is a critical skills shortage area and with a post graduate degree from the ISG you will have a UK government endorsed qualification to confirm your expertise.
Although the referendum and its aftermath are dominating headlines for understandable reasons, we must not be distracted from the critical challenges that we were already facing in our discipline. The citizens of the world are under increasing and serious threat from cyber attackers and it is experts like us who must lead the fightback. These threats know no country boundaries and so it is vital that we continue with our multi-national research, collaborations and friendships to provide the strongest international response.
Further information can be found here.
The Information Security Group
Royal Holloway, University of London