The Alan Turing Institute has been endorsed by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to hold the Tier 5 licence through the ‘UKRI Science, Research and Academia’ scheme. This enables the Turing, alongside other major institutions including the Francis Crick Institute and the Natural History Museum, to directly sponsor international researchers, scientists and academics for up to two years.
This new scheme was added to the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) visa route last year. The Tier 5 GAE is the principal visa route by which non-EEA nationals who wish to undertake training and work experience can come to the UK. It was introduced to encourage the ongoing development in the UK research sector and reflects the continued growth in the area of data science and AI.
Holding the Tier 5 licence will allow the Turing to continue pursuing its role as a global leader in data science and AI research by ensuring it has access to world class research talent. It also reflects our commitment to be an open, diverse research institute with an international outlook.
What is a Tier 5 licence?
Any research Institute sponsored to hold a Tier 5 licence can assign a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to researchers. These are defined as academics, researchers, scientists, research engineers or other skilled research technology specialists.
They are able to work for a maximum of two years and undertake any of the following activities:
- A formal research project or collaboration;
- A period of work-based training/work experience/internship/placement;
- Skill development/knowledge transfer;
- A series of lectures (but not a formal teaching post)
- Act as an examiner for external examinations
For further information, see the UK government news story: New scheme for overseas researchers to come to the UK