Our policy on researcher mobility

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The UK Government must design an immigration system which enables us to attract, recruit and retain global scientific talent at all professional levels regardless of their nationality.

It is crucial that the UK maintains its excellent science base and that the global cancer research workforce can continue to work effectively together to make the best use of our combined talent and resources. The mix of UK, European and international scientific talent within our research community is vital for the sharing of best practice, expertise and skills.

Our policy team engaged with our research community earlier this year to develop recommendations for the key features and principles that our future immigration system needs to support the UK research environment once we leave the EU. Our survey had more than 600 responses which demonstrates the importance of this issue to our funded research workforce.

Following this engagement, we will be making the following recommendations to the UK Government on a future immigration system which works for science and research.

A future immigration system should include the following features:

  • Mechanisms to recruit international staff with minimal cost, delay and uncertainty.
  • The most effective measure of skill and benefit of migrants coming to the UK
  • Policies to enable partners and dependents of the research workforce to live, work and use public services in the UK.
  • Support to ensure that international students in the UK are able to take up firm job offers.
  • Flexibility to enable extensive short- and medium-term movement of the research workforce.
  • Recognition and support of the dependencies between skills development and the international research workforce in the UK teaching environment.
  • Mechanisms to support non-UK research group leaders to bring members of their research group with them when they move to the UK.
  • Ability for the Home Office to capture and publish more detailed migration statistics to inform future immigration policy development. 

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