UCL and Brexit


Brexit Mitigation Group (BMG)

The Brexit Mitigation Group (BMG) is UCL’s high-level working group that seeks to anticipate, plan for and mitigate the impact of Brexit on UCL as an institution.

A view looking out from the UCL Quad
Held monthly and chaired by UCL’s President & Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, membership comprises the Dean of Life Sciences, most Vice-Provosts, the Pro-Vice-Provost (Europe), the Head of UCL’s European Research and Innovation Office, and the senior management of Human Resources, Communications and Marketing, and Media Relations.

Five areas form the core of the group's work:
  • Immigration policy and citizen status
  • Student and staff mobility, and the recognition of qualifications
  • Student fees and loans
  • Research funding access
  • Longer term prospects

Preparing for a "no-deal" scenario

Since October 2018, UCL’s Brexit Mitigation Group (BMG) has given priority focus to ensuring that UCL is as prepared as possible for a “no-deal” scenario. As part of our preparations, BMG members, with the support of senior colleagues across the institution, have analysed all of the Government’s “Technical Notices” on a “no-deal” Brexit, more than one hundred in total so far. Once published, these notices are allocated to one of seven BMG “no-deal” Work Plans, each owned by a BMG member. On the basis of these analyses,  mitigating actions, additional resource requirements identified and timescales are agreed by BMG.  The seven Work Plans are:

  • Visa and Immigration Policy for Staff and Students
  • Continuity of Service and Supply
  • Research and Research Funding
  • Student Mobility
  • Medicines, Medical Equipment and Regulations
  • Legal and Regulatory Matters
  • Other / Miscellaneous 

These Work Plans are further informed by academic expertise from across UCL and horizon scanning documents provided by the European Institute and the Global Engagement Office.

See here for an example of a government publication for how HEIs should prepare for a “no-deal” Brexit


For more information, please contact Conor Rickford c.rickford@ucl.ac.uk, who acts as the group's Secretary.