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Faculty of Economics

 

Visitors to the Faculty of Economics


The Faculty receives visitors throughout the academic year in various categories and for different lengths of stay. The principal categories are:

(a) Distinguished Visitors – academics of international reputation that bring distinction to the Faculty and for whom the Faculty would wish to provide significant support including the use of an office.

(b) Research Visitors – academics who contribute to the Faculty’s research programme by working with one of the research projects or centres promoted by the Research Committee. Visitors in this category might require financial support funded from the appropriate project, the use of the Faculty’s research facilities and the use or shared use of a room. This category is also aimed at co-authors who come for a short period of time to work on a joint research project (whether or not this is externally funded) and who may need office space.

(c) Visiting Scholars – they typically hold established posts in other universities or similar academic institutions and are on study leave. Their financial costs are met in whole or in part from their salary. There are two categories of visiting scholars:

            (c1): Sponsored Visiting Scholars: visitors sponsored by a Faculty member.

            (c2): Unsponsored Visiting Scholars: visitors without an internal sponsor. 

(d) Visiting Graduate (Ph.D.) Student – this is aimed at graduate students from other universities (other than those within the EDGE programme) who would like to come to Cambridge for limited period of time as a visitor.

All requests from members of the Faculty to invite visitors should be sent initially to Ann Widdop who will pass the request on to either to the Academic Secretary or to a representative from the Research Committee (categories (a) and (b)); to the Academic Secretary (category (c)); Silvana Dean and the Chair of the Admissions Sub-Committee (category (d)). In any request please indicate clearly which category the visitor falls in, when the proposed visit will take place and provide a reasoned case for the proposal.

Applicants in categories (a) and (b)

Visitors are provided with library and IT access, and admission to lectures, seminars and workshops given by the Faculty. Other facilities, such as office space, telephone services, photocopying, fax etc., may be available depending on Faculty's existing commitments but cannot be guaranteed and will have to be negotiated in advance.

Applications in category (c)

The maximum length of stay is one year. Applicants are asked to provide a CV and two references from academics who are familiar with their research. Visitors are provided with library and IT access, and admission to most lectures, seminars and workshops given by the Faculty, but are not given office accommodation or secretarial support.

Each member of the Faculty is normally allowed to sponsor one visitor per year.  The right does not extend to retired faculty members. Sponsored visitors will not be charged a bench fee.  Visitors without a sponsor are charged a bench fee of about £2000 (inclusive of VAT) per term, which nominally covers the administration costs of their visit. 

Applicants in category (d)

The maximum length of stay is one year. Applicants are asked to provide a CV, a short statement of their research proposal and two references from academics who are familiar with their research. Visiting graduate students are provided with library and IT access, and admission to most lectures, seminars and workshops given by the Faculty, and are given desk space. They cannot sit the exams. The number of visiting graduate students is restricted to 2.

All visiting graduate students – whether sponsored by a Faculty member or not – are charged the bench fee of about £2000 (inclusive of VAT) per term, which nominally covers the administration costs of their visit.

Note to Sponsors of Visitors

The Faculty Board expects sponsors to take genuine responsibility for their visitors.  This involves being available to receive the visitor, authorizing access to the University Library and any other facilities needed, and generally providing an introduction to the Faculty.  It is therefore not possible for any member of the Faculty to sponsor a visitor while away from Cambridge.  Please ensure that your visitor meets Ann Widdop in order to register.  Ann must also be informed if there are any changes in connection with the visit, e.g. change of dates, address in Cambridge, etc. Visitors should be asked to let Ann know when they are about to leave and settle any outstanding invoices. 

Please note: if members of the Faculty wish to invite and sponsor a visitor for research purposes, a work permit may be required for non-EEC nationalities for which a fee will be levied on the Faculty.

Personnel can supply:

 

  • Information packs for visitors.
  • University Card authorisation
  • University Library forms requesting borrowing rights.  A simple letter of introduction from a UTO will suffice for a read-only ticket, but official visitors may borrow up to five books if vouched for by the Academic Secretary.