International Recruitment

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The recruitment and employment of high quality international staff is recognised as being of the utmost strategic importance to the University.


The University holds a Home Office licence which allows us to recruit and employ international staff under Tier 2 and Tier 5 of the Points Based System (PBS) of Immigration. In order to continue to recruit and employ high quality international staff we must ensure on-going compliance with Home Office UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) regulations.

In December 2012 the University approved a Home Office PBS Policy and a Home Office PBS Procedure for the recruitment and employment of staff under Tier 2 and Tier 5. 

General guidelines for the purposes of recruitment are as follows:

  • Tier 2 Certificates of Sponsorship apply in cases of recruitment to substantive posts, Tier 5 Certificates of Sponsorship apply typically to Sponsored Researcher where the engagement is of a supernumerary nature.
  • In order to apply for a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship for non-EEA nationals the University is required in the majority of cases to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT). The RLMT includes a need to advertise posts for a minimum of 28 days to show that there have been attempts to recruit from within the EEA area.
  • Certificates of Sponsorship can only be applied for where the post is of a skilled nature and has a salary at or above the threshold set by the Home Office. Typically for University purposes the qualification level is a PhD or above.
  • For most of the PhD level posts that the University recruits to, where a Certificate of Sponsorship is required, the candidate must be the most appropriately qualified appointable candidate for the role. In other cases, the candidate must be the only appointable candidate for the role.
  • Even if the University is successful in being granted a Certificate of Sponsorship for an individual, the individual must apply for leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK. This is a matter between the individual and the Home Office (UKVI) and there is no guarantee this application will be successful.

Supporting for International Candidates

It should be recognised that candidates will often need assistance and support in deciding whether a move to the UK is right for them and, where they have made this decision, there will be many practical issues for them to deal with. 

In many cases the University also offers relocation packages to candidates coming from overseas. For more information on this see the University’s Relocation Policy.