Visitors to Biochemistry

Welcome

 

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR BIOCHEMISTRY SUPERVISOR REGARDING YOUR VISITOR STATUS.

 

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT EVERY PERSON, STAYING LONGER THAN 24HRS OR DOING ANY TYPE OF WORK ON THE PREMISES, IS APPROVED BY THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE BUILDING.


 

The Department of Biochemistry welcomes academic visitors and other visitors who wish to benefit from Oxford’s vibrant research culture and contribute to activities within the department.

The Department visitor programme exists to facilitate links and collaboration with other universities, governments and organisations, both in the UK and overseas, and to allow academics and other visitors the opportunity to collaborate in joint research with the department’s academics and allow the opportunity to work with leading academics and professionals.

 


IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BE AN OFFICIAL VISITING ACADEMIC OR STUDENT, PLEASE FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH VISA AND ATAS REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO ANY ACTION.

 

 

About

Departmental Host (Supervisor)
Each visitor must be supervised by a departmental host (supervisor) who will supply a letter of support as part of your application (if required); provide advice on collaborations, events, and other research activities; and introduce the visitor to relevant members of staff.

 

Visitor Contribution
Visitors have the opportunity to contribute to a wide range of department activities during their stay. This may involve collaborating on a research project, organising an event, authoring or co-authoring a research paper or working paper, developing a research proposal for external funding or assisting a research centre in developing networks. Visitors are asked to provide an account of their activities within the department at the end of their stay. 

 

Resources for Visitors
In addition to the support of an academic host, visitors staying longer than a month will be provided with a University card, University email, access to library services, printing facilities and a workspace (where possible) with IT facilities in the department. All visitors can attend open events, workshops and informal gatherings.

 

You can read more about the categories of Biochemistry visitors.

 

Departmental Host

Each visitor must be supervised by a departmental host (supervisor) who will supply a letter of support as part of visitor application (if required); provide advice on collaborations, events, and other research activities; and introduce the visitor to relevant members of staff and other contacts.

Biochemistry visitors are responsible for managing their own research activities and work agenda whilst in Oxford and normally will work independently. The visitor's Supervisor will offer advice and support wherever possible, although this may in practice be limited due to the host’s term-time and other commitments.

It is recommended that the prospective visitor consider who in the department might be able to offer a letter of support, and contact him/her for advice before applying. Browse our list of academic members of the Department.

 

Timing your visit

Visitors may join the department for a maximum of one year. A longer stay is usually accepted with Funding/ Fellowship. 

The timing of visits is an important consideration, as the atmosphere of the department changes across the academic year.

Applicants are advised to time their visit to coincide with one of Oxford’s three terms, as colleagues are more likely to be available during these times, and visitors who wish to participate in a full calendar of events and other similar research activities should aim to visit in Michaelmas or Hilary terms.

Conversely, if looking for a quieter working environment, you may prefer to visit in Trinity term or the long summer vacation.

 

 

Visitor Charges

Departmental visitors will normally apply for research funding schemes through their home institution in order to fund the cost of their visit. Please note that the department does not provide salary or other financial payments to visitors, unless these form part of a visiting fellowship grant.

In addition to the support of a departmental host, visitors staying longer than a month will be provided with a University card, University email, access to library services, printing facilities and a workspace (when available) with IT support in the department. Visitors are welcome to attend open seminars and guest speaker events throughout the University.


  • For academic visitors: If you wish to apply for association with a college for the duration of your visit, you will need to contact the relevant college directly. Please note that there is a separate fee for college association: you will find details on individual college websites - Browse the full list of colleges. Being accepted as an Academic visitor does not automatically grant College association. 

 

  • For visiting students: Our Department can accept student visits lasting up to six months. Please note that if your visit is over 6 months and you need to apply via the Recognised Student route, the fees for your stay will be greater. It is recommended that you consult the University's fees web pages for further information.

 

Colleges provide a hub for social events, interdisciplinary interaction and can provide additional support during your visit. If you wish to apply for association with a college for the duration of your visit, you will need to contact the relevant college directly as being accepted as a student visitor to the Department does not automatically come with College affiliation. Please note that there is a separate fee for college association: you will find details on individual college websites.

 

 

Please follow the latest Government guidance about whether you are able to travel, or whether you will need to quarantine in a government-approved hotel.

 


On Biochemistry premises, all visitors must follow the Departmental guidance on social working.

You can read the University updates regarding Covid-19 under this link.


 

Please contact your host well in advance of your proposed visit start date in order to discuss visa or ATAS arrangements.

 

The Visitor is responsible for obtaining a visa to travel to the UK if one is required, and will need to present the visa on arrival at the Department. If the correct visa has not been obtained the visitor will be turned away. 
A tourist visa is not acceptable proof of the right to be in a UK workplace under current Home Office legislation.


 

The following will apply for academic visitors:

For students:

  • We can offer an option of a visit lasting up to six months only: In order to visit the UK you will need a letter of support from our Department, confirming your visit. Please submit your application to the department at least 8 weeks before planned arrival; if this is successful your supervisor will supply the letter of support to facilitate your entry to the UK as a visitor under the Visitor Visa

 


ATAS (Academic Tehnology Approval Scheme)

 An additional requirement that has been introduced is to check whether the academic visitor has to apply to the ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) for an ATAS certificate. This applies to those international students who intend to study at postgraduate level in certain sensitive subjects, where an individual’s knowledge could be used to develop military technology, weapons of mass destruction or the means of delivering weapons.

You can check if you need to apply for ATAS clearance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/find-out-if-you-require-an-atas-certificate

 

 

Any person found working on the premises without permission will be treated as trespassing.


 


If you are working in the Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Building but are not employed by the Department of Biochemistry, please contact the Reception Team for Induction and SharePoint access.