EU Exit People & Mobility
Research and innovation are inherently international activities with talented problem solvers working on projects across the globe and world-leading institutions collaborating across continents.
The UK’s research and innovation workforce demonstrates this clearly with skilled researchers and innovators coming to work in the UK and some of the UK’s finest homegrown talent working on projects around the world. The workforce is comprised of people with a wide range of skills at various career stages working across academia, independent research institutions and industry. This includes researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators, project managers, technicians and students as well as the specialists who are teaching and upskilling future generations.
UKRI welcomes the UK government’s recent changes to immigration, especially the new fast-track visa route designed to attract elite researchers, scientists and specialists in a range of disciplines including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). See the government’s announcement: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-sets-out-vision-to-cement-uk-as-a-science-superpower
It also notes and welcomes:
- EU nationals will remain eligible for research councils studentships for the academic year 19/20: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-financial-support-for-uk-and-eu-students and that there will be continued support for postgraduate from the EU in the academic year 20/21: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/eu-student-funding-continued-for-202021
- The forthcoming two-year post-study work visa, expanding opportunities for talented international students to build successful careers in the UK. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-announces-2-year-post-study-work-visa-for-international-students
UKRI has submitted proposals to government around the mobility of research and innovation talent and will be updating information on this subject as it becomes available.