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Qualifications and Brexit

Trinity employees with Professional Qualifications acquired before the end of the Brexit transition period (31st December 2020),  are not affected and such employees can continue to practise in Trinity College.  

Staff should note that for qualifications acquired in the UK from 1st January 2021, mutual recognition of professional qualifications (MRPQ) between the EU and the UK no longer applies.

A full list of the regulated professions and competent authorities can be accessed here

More information is available on the Irish Government website gov.ie - Further and Higher Education and Brexit (www.gov.ie)

UK citizens working in Trinity may wish to consider applying for Irish citizenship.

Under the Common Travel Area (CTA), Irish and British citizens move freely and reside in either jurisdiction and enjoy associated rights and entitlements including access to employment, healthcare, education, social benefits, and the right to vote in certain elections. The Common Travel Area pre-dates Irish and UK membership of the EU and is not dependent on it. Detailed work is at an advanced stage, both at home and bilaterally between Ireland and the UK, to ensure that all necessary provisions are made in both jurisdictions so that the CTA continues to function effectively. Both the Government of Ireland and the UK Government have committed to maintaining the CTA in all scenarios. The CTA has also been recognised in the negotiations and there is agreement in the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland that Ireland and the UK may “continue to make arrangements between themselves relating to the movement of persons between their territories”.

https://www.dfa.ie/brexit/getting-ireland-brexit-ready/brexit-and-you/

This website links to the Department of Justice and Equality and provides information on eligibility for Irish citizenship http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/citizenship

 

FAQs

For existing staff, what are the implications of Brexit on Professional Qualifications acquired before the end of the Brexit Transition Period (31st December 2020)?

Staff with Professional Qualifications acquired before the end of the Brexit transition period (31st December 2020), are not affected and such employees can continue to practise in Trinity College.

For existing or future staff, what are the potential implications of Brexit on Professional Qualifications acquired in the UK from 1st January 2021?

For qualifications acquired in the UK from 1st January 2021, mutual recognition of professional qualifications (MRPQ) between the EU and the UK no longer applies. A full list of the regulated professions and competent authorities can be accessed here More information is also available on the Government website gov.ie - Further and Higher Education and Brexit

What are the potential implications of Brexit on qualifications for new staff commencing with effect from 1st January, 2021, that require Professional Qualifications to practise in Trinity College and Ireland?

With effect from 1st January 2021, new appointees that are UK nationals, irrespective of where they acquired their qualifications, and EU citizens with qualifications acquired in the United Kingdom will need to have their qualifications recognised in the relevant Member State on the basis of each country's existing individual rules applicable to the qualifications of third-country nationals as of the end of the transition period.

Do I need to include information about Brexit and Qualifications in job descriptions and advertisements for the recruitment of new hires that require professional qualifications?

Information about Brexit and Qualifications is included in the application information with the job description for the post. Your Recruitment Partner will also remind you of this at the time of finalising the job description and advertisement for the recruitment of new hires that require professional qualifications.