School of Law

Academic Visitors

The School of Law is pleased to welcome a small number of academic visitors each year.

The school is able to accept two distinct types of academic visitors:

  • Visiting scholars - who are research active academic staff at other institutions, as well as people working professionally in fields of interest
  • Visiting students - who are registered as students at another institution

Visiting scholars

The participants in this programme will be outstanding scholars from all areas of the law and from around the world who are interested in spending a period of time at the School of Law and devoting time there to research.


  • In addition to academic excellence, we will also take into consideration the contributions which the visitor's stay will make to enhancing the academic and research life of the school
  • Visitors are expected to participate fully in the scholarly and collegial activities of the school and of the broader University community
  • As part of their appointment, each Visiting Scholar will usually be invited to offer a staff seminar presentation on their current research

Periods of appointment

Most appointments will be for part of the academic year from September-December or January-April.

The period of appointment will normally be for three to four months, although we may accept applications for up to one year.

A bench fee is normally charged for visits of four months or more.


A visiting scholar must provide her/his own funding for the period of appointment at the School of Law.

There is a possibility that some opportunities for visiting scholars to participate in the school's teaching programme may arise. Any decision on teaching allocation for visiting scholars will be made by the Head of School and remuneration will be at the school's current teaching rate.


The school will provide:

  • a staff member to liaise with the visiting scholar
  • access to study space
  • visa invitation letter
  • access to all University of Nottingham libraries
  • computing, printing and photocopying facilities

Application process

Applications must include:

  • proposed date of visit
  • a complete curriculum vitae
  • a brief outline (two to three pages) of the research project to be carried out during the period of appointment.

Applications should be addressed to:

Visiting Scholars Committee
School of Law
Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park

Visiting students

These are typically research students who would like to work under the supervision of a particular academic or be part of a research group undertaking some work towards their home PhD degree.


The school does not accept these visitors unless:

  • they are from universities with whom we have exchange links OR
  • there are exceptional circumstances eg when a PhD student being supervised by someone known to a member of the law staff might want to come to work with someone here for a brief period of time. It is understood that this is a practice in many European universities and, in such cases, there is a definite research benefit for the school.

Non-native English speakers must meet the School of Law English language requirements.

Period of registration

Students may normally register for a period of up to one year. Fees are payable (see below) pro-rata for each month (or part thereof) of study. Students undertaking less than four weeks study in the University are treated as short course students and are administered within the school and not as a visiting student.


International students

Postgraduate occasional international students undertaking a 12-month period of research will be charged the occasional international postgraduate research student fee.

European Union students

Postgraduate occasional European Union students undertaking a 12-month period of research will be charged the PhD fee at the Home/EU fee rate.


  • Students are assigned a supervisor and they can take part in the regular research training programme of the department, including seminars, workshops and conferences as well as access seminars and research training offered by the Graduate School
  • They must register with the University as full-time students and have access to all of the University's IT and library facilities as well as a workspace assigned to them within the school
  • They can also apply for University housing and are able to access the complete range of the University's support services, sports facilities and are members of the University's Students' Union whilst registered at the University


School of Law

Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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