Route 1: Academic and research appointments

About Route 1 of the Global Talent visa

Route 1 of the Global Talent visa is for individuals who have been appointed to an eligible academic or research position at an approved UK higher education institution (HEI) or research institute where they:

1) have responsibility for academic, research or innovation leadership and development; or

2) direct or lead:

a) an individual or team research project or research programme of work; or
b) an individual or team innovation project or innovation programme of work

The list of eligible employer organisations under this route is set out below and was last updated on 14 May 2024.

The route is administered by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society and has replaced the Global Talent visa senior appointments route.

How do I know if I am eligible?

You will only be considered eligible for the academic and research appointments route if responsibility for academic, research or innovation leadership and development or for directing or leading an individual or team research or innovation project or programme of work is a significant function of the role you have accepted.

The 'academic, research or innovation leadership and development' category is for individuals in senior leadership roles at a departmental, faculty or institutional level. Typical duties may include strategy development and delivery and overseeing the management of staff and resources. Example roles (not exhaustive) include Vice-Chancellor/Principal, Pro Vice-Chancellor/Vice-Principal, Dean, Associate Dean, Head of School, and Research Institute Director.

The 'directs or leads' category is for individuals whose role requires them to act independently in initiating, planning and managing a research or innovation project or research or innovation programme of work without supervision. This is likely to make you ineligible if your role is an entry level postdoctoral research position. If your role involves teaching and curriculum development, your endorsement application must confirm that directing or leading a research or innovation project or research or innovation programme of work is a significant function of the role alongside your teaching and learning responsibilities. If it is not a significant function, you will not be considered eligible for this route.

You are encouraged to look at all endorsement options before making an application.

Endorsement application

To apply for endorsement, you must select the relevant fast-track option on the Stage 1 (endorsement) application form and provide both:

1) a job description setting out the duties and responsibilities of the position; and

2) a statement of guarantee from the Director of Human Resources or equivalent at the appointing HEI or research institute.

The statement of guarantee should be dated, signed and presented on headed paper and confirm that the role and recruitment process for the appointment meet the following criteria as set out in Appendix Global Talent of the Immigration Rules:

  • the job was advertised and an open competition was held, or where it was not, an explanation as to why;
  • the applicant has accepted the job offer;
  • the job title and department in which the applicant will be based;
  • the applicant has responsibility either for academic, research or innovation leadership and development or for directing or leading an individual or team research project or programme of work or an individual or team innovation project or programme of work;
  • at least 2 references were received;
  • at least 3 academic, research or innovation representatives were on the interview panel(s);
  • at least 1 expert in the applicant’s field was on the interview panel(s) or at least 1 relevant expert independent of the employing institution was consulted before the job offer was made.

You should not provide a copy of a contract as this will not contain all the required information. Please check carefully that your employing organisation appears on the list of eligible institutions and that your appointment meets the role eligibility criteria above. If you are being employed by an organisation not on the list, you may still be eligible to apply through one of the other Global Talent routes. Your employing institution may provide you with additional guidance to support your application

Institutions eligible under the academic and research appointments route

Higher education institutions (HEIs)

UK independent research organisations (IROs), research council institutes, and public sector research establishments (PSREs)

  • Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)
  • Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA)
  • Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre
  • Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
  • Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
  • Agrimetrics
  • Alan Turing Institute
  • All NHS Trusts, Hospitals, Boards, Primary Care Trusts and GP Practices
  • Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
  • Anthony Nolan
  • Armagh Observatory
  • Arts Council England
  • Arts Council Wales
  • Atomic Weapons Establishment
  • Babraham Institute
  • Beatson Institute for Cancer Research
  • BirdLife InternationalBritish
  • Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • British Film Institute
  • British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • British Library
  • British Museum
  • British Trust for Ornithology
  • Building Research Establishment Ltd (BRE)
  • Butterfly Conservation
  • CPI
  • CAB International
  • Cadw
  • Cambridge Artic Shelf Programme
  • Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre
  • Campden BRI
  • Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult
  • Centre for Crop Health and Protection (CHAP)
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture (Cefas)
  • Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock
  • Centre for Process Innovation Ltd
  • CERN
  • Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs)
  • Clinical Practice Research Datalink (subsidiary of MHPRA)
  • Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult
  • Connected Places Catapult
  • Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE)
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • Diamond Light Source Ltd
  • Digital Catapult
  • Earlham Institute
  • Earthwatch Institute
  • EMBL – European Bioinformatics Institute
  • Energy Systems Catapult
  • English Heritage
  • Environment Agency
  • European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)
  • European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)
  • FERA Science Ltd
  • FloWave
  • Forest Research
  • Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd
  • Genomics England
  • Glass Futures
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Health Data Research UK (HDR UK)
  • High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England
  • Historic Environment Scotland
  • Historic Royal Palaces
  • HR Wallingford Group Ltd
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Institute of Development Studies
  • Institute of Fiscal Studies
  • Institute of Occupational Medicine
  • Instruct-ERIC
  • Intellectual Property Office
  • International Institute for Environment and Development
  • Isaac Newton Group
  • John Innes Centre
  • Joint Astronomy Centre
  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
  • LGC Ltd including the National Measurement Laboratory for Chemical and Biological Measurements, Office of the Government Chemist, and MHRA’s Official Medicines Control Laboratory (OMCL) for chemical testing and the British Pharmacopoeia (BP) Commission Laboratory
  • London Institute of Mathematical Sciences (LIMS)
  • Malaria Consortium (UK)
  • Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)
  • Marine Biological Association
  • Marine Management Organisation
  • Marine Scotland Science
  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (subsidiary of MHRA)
  • Medicines Discovery Catapult
  • Moredun Research Institute
  • MRC Centre for Macaques
  • MRC Harwell Institute
  • MRC Laboratory of Medical Sciences
  • MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
  • Museum of London Archaeology
  • National Archives
  • National Botanical Gardens of Wales
  • National Centre for Atmospheric Science
  • National Centre for Earth Observation
  • National Centre for Social Research
  • National Composites Centre
  • National Engineering Laboratory
  • National Foundation for Educational Research
  • National Galleries of Scotland
  • National Gallery
  • National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA)
  • National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC)
  • National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (subsidiary of MHRA)
  • National Institute of Agricultural Botany
  • National Institute of Economic and Social Research
  • National Institute of Health and Care Excellence
  • National Library of Scotland
  • National Library of Wales
  • National Maritime Museum
  • National Museum Wales
  • National Museums Liverpool
  • National Museums of Scotland
  • National Nuclear Laboratory
  • National Oceanography Centre
  • National Physical Laboratory
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Natural England
  • Natural History Museum
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • NERC British Antarctic Survey
  • NERC British Geological Survey
  • Nesta
  • Net Zero Technology Centre
  • Northern Ireland Environment Agency
  • Nuclear AMRC
  • Office of Health Economics (OHE)
  • Office for National Statistics (ONS)
  • Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  • Ordnance Survey
  • Organic Research Centre
  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Public Health Wales
  • Quadram Institute Bioscience
  • RAND Europe Community Interest Company
  • Rosalind Franklin Institute
  • Rothamsted Research
  • Royal Armouries
  • Royal Botanic Gardens – Edinburgh
  • Royal Botanic Gardens – Kew
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies
  • Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture
  • Science Museum Group
  • Scottish Association for Marine Sciences
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • Sightsavers
  • Sir Alistair Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science
  • Sir John Soane’s Museum
  • Smith Institute
  • Sport England
  • Sports Council Wales
  • STFC Laboratories
  • Tate
  • Tavistock Institute of Human Relations
  • The Aga Khan University (International) in the United Kingdom
  • The Faraday Institution
  • The Francis Crick Institute
  • The James Hutton Institute
  • The Met Office
  • The National Trust
  • The Pirbright Institute
  • The Resolution Foundation
  • The Royal Institution of Great Britain
  • The Sainsbury Laboratory
  • The Square Kilometre Array Organisation (SKA)
  • The Welding Institute
  • Transport Research Laboratory Limited
  • UK Astronomy Technology Centre
  • UK Atomic Energy Authority
  • UK Biobank
  • UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • UK Dementia Research Institute
  • UK Health Security Agency
  • UK Hydrographic Office
  • UK Space Agency
  • Unlimited Health
  • Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre UK Ltd
  • Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Wallace Collection
  • Warwick Manufacturing Group HVM Catapult (WMG)
  • Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
  • World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC)
  • Young Foundation
  • Zoological Society of London, Institute of Zoology

Page last updated: 14 May 2024

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