School of Law


The School of Law at the University of Nottingham is one of the United Kingdom's leading research institutions. We are pleased to welcome a small number of visiting academics each year.

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 here to research.

We also welcome applications from current PhD students from overseas universities who wish to research for a period of time here.

Please note: Lecturers from overseas universities who are undertaking research towards a PhD in their home country are usually classified as postgraduate visiting students and not visiting academics.

Academic visitors

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 here 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. They are expected and encouraged to participate fully in the scholarly and collegial activities of the school and in the broader university community.

During their stay, a visiting academic may be asked to offer a staff seminar presentation on their current research.

Periods of appointment

While longer visits can be considered, most will be for part of the academic year, normally for three to four months.


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

Opportunities may arise for a visiting academic to participate in the school’s teaching programmes. The Head of School will make any decision on teaching allocation for a visiting academic and remuneration will be at the school’s current casual teaching associate rate.

Bench fee

A bench fee is normally charged for visits of four months or more (currently £1,000 for 12 months or pro rata plus VAT).


Visiting scholars will have access to the University of Nottingham Library and to printing and photocopying facilities. It may be possible to provide desk space in a shared office. If this is available it will be arranged with the visiting academic on arrival.

Each visiting academic will be allocated a member of staff who will be their key contact during their visit.

Application process

Prospective visiting academics should apply to the school by email, including:

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

Applications should be addressed to Agnes Flues, RKE Operations Manager.

Postgraduate visiting students

Postgraduate visiting students are usually those 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 only accepts these visitors if: 

  • they are from universities with whom we have exchange links OR
  • there are exceptional circumstances, for example, 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.

Period of stay

Students may normally register for a period of up to one year.


Fees are payable, pro-rata for each month 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.


  • Students are assigned a supervisor and they can take part in the school’s regular research training programme, including seminars, workshops and conferences as well as access seminars and research training offered by the Graduate School
  • Students will have access to all of the university's IT and library facilities as well as a workspace assigned to them within the school
  • Students can 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

Application process

Initial applications with supporting documentation including the research proposal, evidence of academic qualifications and English language level should be addressed to Agnes Flues, RKE Operations Manager.

This will then be discussed with the Director of Postgraduate Research Programmes.

If the Director supports the application then a full student application has to be submitted with supporting documentation as described above. The Office of Global Engagement manages the application and offer letter process. The Director's support does not guarantee the student visit but that the application will be considered should there be an academic in the school willing to supervise the student.



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