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Visiting Academics

The Institute of Archaeology regularly welcomes visiting academics from all over the world, wishing to spend a period at UCL pursuing their own research either individually or in association with members of UCL staff.

Please read the information below to find out more about how to apply to visit the Institute of Archaeology.

Students

These pages are for visiting academic staff only. Applicants using the facilities at UCL towards a higher degree are classified as a Visiting Research Student, for which information is available on the UCL International Office website.

Affiliate Academics: visits of more than 4 weeks

All academics visiting for more than 4 weeks come under the UCL Affiliate Academics scheme, which is for persons holding established academic posts overseas in institutions of higher education.

Admission as an Affiliate is based on an application to pursue work in a particular field of research in one of UCL’s Departments. The application consists of a proposal form, up to date CV, and written statement detailing the proposed area of work. Please note there is a fee for Affiliate Academics.  Details of current fees can be found via the 'Fees' tab.  For more information on how to apply, and to download the Affiliate Academics application form, please see the 'Procedure' tab.

Affiliate Academics do not normally attend courses, but by arrangement with the Director of the Institute of Archaeology they may audit certain lectures or attend seminars.

Short Term Visiting Academics: visits of less than 4 weeks

Academics who would like to stay at the UCL Institute of Archaeology for less than four weeks will not be eligible to join the formal Affiliate Academic Scheme. However, they can still make use of some of the Institute of Archaeology’s facilities at no cost.

All prospective visitors will need to submit a proposal form, which should be completed at least three months in advance of the visit. For more information and to download the form, please see the 'Procedure' tab.

Up to 4 weeks

There is no fee for academics visiting the Institute for less than 4 weeks, although a bench fee may apply for use of the laboratories.

More than 4 weeks

Academics staying for more than 4 weeks (up to a maximum of one year) come under the UCL Affiliate Academics scheme. The current fees for Affiliates in 2016/17 are £4,770 per year. Fees for visits of less than a calendar year are charged on a pro-rata basis.

Affiliate Academics should ensure that they have sufficient funds available to maintain themselves whilst in London, and to pay the UCL fees.

Please note that bench fees also apply for visitors using the laboratories.

Time-scale

We kindly ask all visiting academics to make a request to use our facilities well in advance. One month before the proposed visit is the minimum notice period we require, and if you require a visa then you would need to apply at least 4 months in advance.

Applying

Applications for both short-term visiting academics and longer stays as Affiliate Academics require the following to be completed:

  • A proposal form
  • A copy of your current CV
  • A written statement giving the reason for your visit, and details of your research or work you wish to undertake during your stay

Please send all of the above by email to Danielle Harley, or by post, to Danielle Harley, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY.

Once your application has been approved you will receive a confirmation letter from HR and an invoice for the fee (where relevant) in due course.

Visas

If you will require a visa please make sure you apply in good time. For more information, see the UK Border Agency website or contact Louisa Goldsmith if you have any queries.

For more information on our laboratories and collections, please see the Institute of Archaeology facilities page.

Access to facilities for Visiting Academics is based on the duration of their stay at UCL:

Up to 4 weeks

  • UCL ID card
  • Library access (reference only)

Between 4 weeks and 3 months

  • UCL ID card
  • Library access (reference only)
  • Computer account
  • UCL email address

Between 3 months and 1 year

  • UCL ID card
  • Library access with borrowing rights
  • Computer account
  • UCL email address

Visas

Please refer to the UK government Visas & Immigration page for up-to-date information on applying for visas.

Accommodation

The UCL Staff Accommodation site contains information about the various accommodation options in London.

General advice for international staff

This International Staff website has a wealth of useful information for academics coming to live and work in the UK.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact Louisa Goldsmith.


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