Visiting the school - academics and postgraduates

Visiting academics

The School for Policy Studies is often approached by academics from other countries wishing to spend time in the school to develop their research. We see this as enriching our work and offering opportunities for long-standing collaborative relationships.

However, there are limitations to the amount of resource that we can devote to this kind of experience and so the maximum stay is 6 months (we may consider a stay of up to 12 months in special circumstances)  . We want to make sure that visitors are well looked after and therefore, in order to keep up high standards, we have had to place a limit on the numbers we can accommodate in our school.

In order to be able to make fair decisions and maximise the effectiveness of visits for all parties, we have come up with some guidelines for visitors who wish to spend more than two weeks at a time in our department:

First contact

If you are interested in visiting the school, please email Dr Patricia Kennett (Research Director) p.kennett@bristol.ac.uk with the following information:

We will aim to let you know the outcome of your application within three months.

Follow-up

A member of academic staff will be nominated as a point of contact during the visit. Visiting academics will be invited to participate in the activities of the centre and school, and also to deliver at least one seminar while here (this could be at a centre meeting, or as part of the SPS seminar series).

We aim to provide visiting academics with office and desk-space, access to a PC, the library, a phone (but not to an international line) and to photocopying facilities. Please note that we cannot provide assistance with living accommodation for visiting academics, although the University Accommodation office may be able to help.

Visiting postgraduate students 
(Please note that we are not currently accepting any further applications for 18/19)

The School for Policy Studies if often approached by postgraduate research students in other countries wishing to spend time in the school to develop or extend their studies or research. We are supportive of this enrichment which often sparks off long-standing relationships with other universities, some of them in other countries.

However, there are limitations to the amount of resource in terms of space, money and of course our time that we can devote to this kind of experience and so the maximum length of stay is 6 months (we may consider a stay of up to 12 months in special circumstances). We want to make sure that postgraduate visitors are well looked after and therefore, in order to keep up high standards, we have had to place a limit on the numbers we can accommodate in our school.

In order to be able to make fair decisions and maximise the effectiveness of visits for all parties, we have come up with some guidelines for visitors who wish to spend more than two weeks at a time in our department:

First contact

Please note that the school considers applications from visiting postgraduate students twice a year, in June and January. Closing dates for applications are the 31 May and 31 December, unless you have prior agreement from the Director of Research to apply at another point in the year. Applicants should normally expect to hear a decision on their application by the 30 June (May applications) or 31 January (December applications).

Interested students should email Lucy Hicks (School Manager) lucy.hicks@bristol.ac.uk after completing the Postgraduate Research Visit form (please attach the saved version to your email).

Postgraduate Research Visit Form (Office document, 125kB).

Fees

Please note that we do not offer funding.  The School charges an affiliation fee (or 'bench fee'), the amount of which depends on the length of stay.  Please note that the affiliation/bench fee must be paid prior to the commencement of any visit.

For an affiliation/bench fee of £1000 per term / £3000 per year (or pro rata) + VAT as applicable, we provide shared office space, library and email/network access, and access to all School events, workshops, and research seminars. Visitors in this category are encouraged to bring laptop computers which can be used at wireless areas around the University.

Follow-up

Approved applicants will be assigned a member of SPS staff as a research mentor. The mentor will be available during the visit for general academic support, although they will not be able to advise on other issues (legal or visa questions for example). Please note that we cannot provide assistance with living accommodation for visiting scholars, although the University Accommodation office may be able to help.

We will aim to provide visiting postgraduate students with office and desk-space, access to a PC, and to the library. Access to a phone will be provided (but not to an international line). Visiting postgraduate fellows will be entitled to use SPS photocopiers but will not receive inter-library loan vouchers.