Visitors to Biochemistry

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Welcome

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.

 

Due to the current Covid situation, we are unable to guarantee that the Department will be able to physically host visitors. 

 

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: 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.

 

Important:

All visitors to the UK are currently required to take a COVID-19 test less than three days before you travel to the UK. This can be either a PCR test or a lateral flow device (LFD) test. Whichever test you choose, it must be from a reputable supplier. You will need to have documentation of a negative result before you are allowed to travel, and will also need to provide proof upon entry to the UK. Go to the UK Government website for more information about tests before you travel. The University and colleges will not meet the costs of tests for visitors. Please note that you will also be required to quarantine when travelling to the UK and we are afraid there are no exemptions to this quarantine. However, this may change closer to the time of your intended visit.

If you are from a country on the ‘red-list’ you must read 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 arrangements.

Please note that you will need to wait until you are accepted as Biochemistry Visitor before you apply for a visa. Once accepted we will provide a letter of support to facilitate your visa application that will be given to your host and then to you.

The following will apply for academic visitors:

  • If you will not be undertaking paid employment as part of your visit, you will need to apply as an Academic under the Standard Visitor Visa.
  • If you will be collaborating on a research project hosted by the University and receiving a salary, you will need to apply as a Sponsored Researcher under the Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange (T5) visa; the University will need to assist with the submission of your application.

For students:

  • Up to six months: 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; if this is successful we will supply the letter of support to facilitate your entry to the UK as a visitor under the Visitor Visa
  • More than six months: Please submit your application to the department. If accepted by the Department, you will then need to submit an application to the University Recognised Student Scheme in order to then apply for a Student visa. We will supply the necessary letter of support from our Department, confirming your visit, to facilitate this process. Please note that without the Student Visa you will not be able to enter the UK. You should allow an extra three months in the overall application process for this step. It is recommended that you consult the University website and the UK Government website before applying, as applying for a Student visa requires additional documentation, in particular evidence of English language proficiency from a recognised provider.

 

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.

From 21 May 2021, this will be extended to international researchers, or posts which contain an element of research, at PhD level or above in a sensitive subject, in the following visa routes:

  • Initial and extension Skilled Worker and Tier 5 (GAE) Sponsored Researcher visa. The ATAS certificate must be obtained before SIT can issue the Certificate of Sponsorship
  • Visiting researchers coming under the Standard Visitor route. The ATAS certificate must be obtained before the individuals commences their research, although it will be strongly recommended they obtain this prior to travelling to the UK.

An application is made to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) for an ATAS certificate. Nationals from the EU, EEA, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea and the USA will be exempt.

Further information can be found at: ATAS Expansion from 21 May 2021 | Staff Immigration (ox.ac.uk).


 

Please read more in the tab Right to work and about External visitors to our Department.


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