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1 EURAXESS Dr Claire McNulty Acting Director Science, British Council 9th March 2012
2 Outline British Council Overview Internationalising Higher Education EURAXESSEURAXESS-UKLooking forward
3 British Council workWe are the UK’s international cultural relations organisation, and have been working for more than 75 years to forge links between people in the UK and other countriesOur main purpose is to build engagement and trust through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people worldwideWe have 218 offices in 109 countries around the worldOperating under a Royal Charter, we have been working for nearly 75 years forging links between people in the UK and other countries. Our long term experience has enabled us to build strong relationships with generations of government leaders, policy makers, senior advisors and the wider general public. Our brand attracts the most dynamic and innovative practitioners in their sectors, ensuring them maximum exposure to new audiences and the media.We are a trusted partner by government departments and cultural institutions and our events attract guests and participants of the highest calibre. We frequently have access to exciting, high profile locations and venues for our activities. Business too can share in these gains. With our in-depth knowledge of local networks and organisations we can advise you on the best way to make an approach, and the most effective ways of working together.3
4 Charitable purposesOur Royal Charter sets out the purposes for which we are established. These are to:promote cultural relationships and the understanding of different cultures between people and peoples of the United Kingdom and other countries;promote a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom;develop a wider knowledge of the English language;encourage cultural, scientific, technological and other educational cooperation between the United Kingdom and other countries; orotherwise promote the advancement of education
5 Who do we work with? Policymakers in research and higher education Leading researchers, innovators, research administrators, science communicators and science educatorsEarly career researchers, students, wider public
6 Why? Help individuals improve their career prospects Build scientific linksFoster environment for science and innovationBridge science and society
7 Research is an international career In the UK, around 40% of the academic staff at researcher grade are from overseasHighly mobile researchers are also more productiveTime spent researching abroad can bring lots of benefits:Access to facilities and expertiseImproved career prospectsBroaden horizonsIt can also have drawbacks:Practical difficulties (managing finances, family issues, tax etc)Cultural differencesLanguage barrierThe top three preferred destinations for study by UK students are: 1st USA (33.0%), 2nd France (9.9%) and 3rd Canada (8.3%), indicating the associated problem of language skillsCloser to home, if the UK is to meet the ERA target of 20 per centof EU doctoral candidates working outside their home country, then further culturalchange is required. The UK lags well behind most other European countries.While a rising 2.6 per cent of EU27 students spent at least part of their studiesin another EU member state in 2006, the UK has a lower 0.7 per cent of studentsstudying abroad.BIS report – researchers who return to the UK after time spent abroad are significantly more productive that those who stay in the UK
8 What does British Council do to help? Internationalising Higher Education ProgrammeWeb-based resourcesEURAXESS-UKThe top three preferred destinations for study by UK students are: 1st USA (33.0%), 2nd France (9.9%) and 3rd Canada (8.3%), indicating the associated problem of language skillsCloser to home, if the UK is to meet the ERA target of 20 per centof EU doctoral candidates working outside their home country, then further culturalchange is required. The UK lags well behind most other European countries.While a rising 2.6 per cent of EU27 students spent at least part of their studiesin another EU member state in 2006, the UK has a lower 0.7 per cent of studentsstudying abroad.
9 Our new Internationalising Higher Education programme Services for International Education MarketingGlobal Policy DialoguesGlobal PartnershipsInternational Student Mobility and Alumni
10 Global Policy Dialogues Going GlobalInternational Education ConferenceLondon, March 13-15Includes aspects linked to researchBilateral or Regional policy DialoguesE.g. Policy workshop on Researcher Skills Training, France, Feb 2012Going Global has grown from a bi-annual event in the UK to an annual event that alternates between the UK and a different international location. Each year it attracts over 1000 delegates from across the further and higher education sectors and a variety of other industries with perspectives on international education.Eg from going global:The Middle East - a centre for international research collaboration. Dream or reality?14 March :30 Governments across the Gulf Cooperation Council are taking steps to diversify their economies away from oil and towards those which are knowledge-based and founded on information and skills. Research and intellectual collaboration are being prioritised as a way to do this.Several countries across the Gulf now have active, and extremely well-funded, research foundations and councils to drive both the strategy and the practice of research. Other countries are paying for high-level, international Research Chairs and looking for Nobel prizes; while still others are setting up research institutes with the latest and the best equipment that money can buy. Read moreProfessor Michael WortonVice-Provost,University College LondonUnited Kingdom
11 Example of research partnership initiative: BIRAX Regenerative Medicine InitiativeBritain-Israel Research and Academic Exchange PartnershipFive-year programmeFunding for teams in UK and Israel to carry out joint researchMaximum funding £400,000 over 3 yearsAssociated fellowship scheme for early career researchers to undertake research visits.Supported by Pears Foundation, UJIA, BIS, FCO, Ministry of Science and Technology (Israel)
12 Other research partnership projects India (UKIERI)TurkeyRussiaCentral South Asia (Inspire project)Under development:UK-US-3rd CountryUK-BrazilOpportunities will be disseminated through the Euraxess Newsletters, and on the website
13 British Council Online Resources EducationUK Guide to studying in the UK EURAXESS-UK Practical information for mobile researchers. Includes a searchable database of international funding opportunities. CUBED Magazine highlighting UK breakthroughs in science and innovation Talking Science Science communication website, with information about science festivals, science in the media, and links to useful resources. European RTD Insight We sponsor this monthly online publication which provides the latest news on European Union policy; research; education, training and culture; external collaboration; events and awards; new publications and online resources
15 BackgroundEURAXESS is an initiative, launched by the European Commission, to promote research careers and facilitate the mobility of researchers across Europe EURAXESS plays a key role in the implementation of the European Partnership for Researchers and Innovation Union commitmentsTalk briefly about why the initiative was set up – Lisbon Agenda, Barcelona summit, high-level working group investigating obstacles to mobility, resulted in adoption of mobility strategy for the ERA, aiming to increase the number of scientists in Europe, strengthening the ERA etc. Aimed at researchers of all nationalities, and all types of funding. Two main initiatives, first is ERACareers….Started in 2005European Partnership for Researchers; Innovation Union
16 Why should you get involved with EURAXESS? Are you looking to recruit junior or experienced researchers from around the world?Would you like to explore research funding opportunities?Do you help your international researchers with practical issues?Do you want more visibility on an international level?Would you like to help your researchers moving to another country with housing, local social security, etc...?If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then EURAXESS is here to help you.
17 EURAXESSEURAXESS Jobs - Information on job opportunities, funding opportunities, grants, employment, etc.EURAXESS Services - Practical assistance for researchersEURAXESS Rights - Information on the European Researchers’ Charter and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of ResearchersEURAXESS Links - a networking tool for researchers outside Europe. Operating in USA, China, Japan, India and Singapore
18 EURAXESS Jobs Central jobs and funding portal for Europe Free of chargeCan advertise jobs and search CV database (18,000 CVs)As of March 2012, more than 7000 organisations from across Europe are registered on EURAXESS JobsAround 35,000 unique visitors per month6,700 vacancies currently available, 400 from the UKNature Jobs postings imported to EURAXESS JobsAll European research organisations are being encouraged to use the EURAXESS Jobs portal to advertise their research positionsAs part of the new ‘Partnership for Researchers’, all European organisations are being asked to publicise their jobs through EURAXESS-Jobs170 UK organisations registered including several from scottish universities207 jobs were from the UK in 2009, but in first 3 months of 2010, 162 jobs were from the UK18,000 active CVs loaded up
19 EURAXESS ServicesAround 200 centres in 38 countriesOffer customized assistance to researchers and their families
20 EURAXESS ServicesPractical assistance for researchers and their families before, during and after their move abroadWeb portalsEach country runs their own national portal (e.g. British Council runs the EURAXESS-UK portal)Helpdesks (phone or )Service CentresWalk-in centres providing personalised assistance to all researchersLocal Contact PointsOffices within universities etc giving assistance to incoming staff/students
21 EURAXESS-UK - managed by the British Council and funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills‘The EURAXESS-UK website will be promoted as the key information portal for researchers’Jan 23rd Joint press release from RCUK,Higher Education Funding Councils,Learned Academies and Universities UK.
22 Information on UK and International Funders UK Jobs websites, Euraxess Jobs feed, career development (link to Vitae)Information on UK and International FundersHealthcare, family, social security, entry regulations, tax, accommodation, finance, language etcResearch landscape, Research in England, Scotland, Wales, NI, Intellectual Property, Research in IndustryWorking in Europe, outside EuropeDownloadable pdf of Guide for researchersEuraxess Local Contact Points, Order hard copy guidesInternational funding search – by career stage, discipline and region22
23 EURAXESS-UK Searchable Funding database 200 funding schemes in database, from travel grants for conferences, to longer term partnership funding23
24 EURAXESS UK Local Contact Points So far 11 UK Universities have signed up as local contact points:University of DurhamUniversity of HuddersfieldUniversity of LeicesterUniversity of LiverpoolNewcastle UniversityNorthumbria UniversityPlymouth UniversityQueen Margaret University, EdinburghUniversity of DundeeUniversity of EdinburghUniversity of West of ScotlandThese offer customized assistance to researchers coming to their own institution before, during and after their move
25 How can you get involved? 1. Make researchers more aware of the EURAXESS initiatives2. Encourage use of EURAXESS-Jobs to advertise research positions3. Badge your institution as a EURAXESS Local Contact Pointacademic professionals who are responsible for planning, directing and undertaking academic teaching and research within HE institutions
26 What should a EURAXESS-LCP do? Act as first point of contact for international researchers coming to your institutionProvide advice and assistance on matters relating to mobility – often a matter of knowing who to refer questions toSet up dedicated address (e.g.Link to Euraxess-UK national portalNot limited to EU countries; EURAXESS member countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, FYRO Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United KingdomContact:
27 Benefits of being a EURAXESS-LCP Demonstrates commitment to international researchers and to the European Research Area.Higher visibility across Europe and beyondCloser linkage to counterparts throughout EuropeAccess to training and networking eventsSimple to do; very little bureaucracyNot limited to EU countries; EURAXESS member countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, FYRO Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United KingdomContact:
28 Future direction Further development of EURAXESS-UK website Building up network of EURAXESS-UK LCPsSupport/training/networking for LCPs – e.g. on visas, social security, attendance at conferences, Nature Jobs Fair etc (via Network Call May 2012)Stronger focus on promotion outside Europe
30 Visas for International researchers What can Euraxess-UK do to help?
31 Visa routes for researchers ACTIVITYPAID IN UK?ENTRY OPTIONSADDITIONAL INFORMATIONResearcher sponsored by Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the UKVaries. Researchers under Points Based System (PBS) Tiers 2 and 5 do not necessarily have to be paid here. Tier 2 sponsors must guarantee the salary as stated on the Certificate of Sponsorship. Tier 5 employment must accord with UK employment law.Tier 2 (General)Tier 5 (GAE)*For Tier 2, the individual must be a skilled worker (e.g. a well qualified academic), meet the Resident Labour Market Test and the minimum salary threshold of £20,000 pa – can be pro-rated for shorter stays.The maximum stay under Tier 5 (GAE) is 2 years. The GAE scheme for researchers sponsored by HEIs permits Tier 4 licence holders who hold a Tier 5 GAE licence to directly sponsor researchers.Researcher where sponsor is not a HEIAs aboveTier 5 GAEAs above, except that the Tier 5 (GAE) scheme is not for non-HEI sponsored researchers. BIS is working with Research Councils UK on a scheme for these researchers.Visiting LecturerNoBusiness VisitorBusiness visitors may give one-off, unpaid lectures at non-profit making events only – they may receive expenses.Collaborative researcher - UK and overseas universityVaried scenarios – not paid, paid here, paid abroadAs for researcher sponsored by HEI plusAcademic Visitor if unpaidAcademic visitors may take part in a formal research exchange provided they do not receive payment here. Expenses may be paid. Must be well qualified academic. Maximum stay is 12 months.* Government Authorised Exchange
32 Visa routes for researchers Coming to the UK to doresearch for more or less than12 months?<12 months>12 monthsPoints-based system –Tier 2 (General) orTier 5 sponsored researcherAcademic Visitor visaor Tier 2 or Tier 5 sponsoredNoWill be paid in the UK?Will be paid in the UK?NoYesYesPoints-based system –Tier 2 (General) orTier 5 sponsored researcherYesSponsored by a UKHEI?Sponsored by a UKHEI?Points-based system –Tier 2 (General) orTier 5 sponsored researcherYesNoNoPoints-based system –Tier 2 (General)Points-based system –Tier 2 (General)YesSponsored by public/privateresearch organisation?Sponsored by public/privateresearch organisation?YesNoNoHighly qualified researcherlooking for researchopportunities in the UKHighly qualified researcherlooking for researchopportunities in the UKYesYesPoints-based system –Tier 1 (Exceptional talent)Points-based system –Tier 1 (Exceptional talent)Points-based systemTier 5 sponsored researcherMax stay: 2 yrs. Must be underGovernment authorized exchangeTier 1 (Exceptional talent)Max stay: 3yr 4m; possibilityto extend for extra 2 yrTier 2 (General) Max stay: 3yr 1m;possibility to extend extra 2yr
33 Are visas a problem for international researchers? Have you noticed any reduction in the numbers of international researchers coming to your institutions because of visa issues?Do you have any frequently asked questions which we should include on the website?Have you had any requests from researchers in European countries, with an EU scientific visa, who want to come to the UK for a short period?