GO Science Call for Evidence

15 May 2019

The Government Office for Science is seeking URGENT evidence about how the UK science and research community will be affected by the changes to the visa and immigration system proposed in the government’s recent Immigration White Paper.

In particular, GO Science is asking relevant organisations to help it understand the impact of the proposed sponsorship and £30K salary threshold requirements on your ability to recruit and retain vital research and teaching talent. You will be able to find here the GOScience Call for Evidence and the GOScience Evidence form to use to send your responses.

We hope that you may wish to make a submission directly to GO Science.  The submission deadline is Tuesday 28 May, and responses should be sent to Sarah Gates ([email protected]) who is their Head of EU Exit and International Strategy.

We also ask that you share your submission with us, if possible please. The Academy of Social Sciences is also making a submission to the Government’s wider consultation on the Immigration White Paper to highlight the concerns of the social science community as a whole, and any information you can share with us will assist this process.  We are concerned that government sees the income threshold not only as a concern for laboratory assistants in STEM subjects, but that it also takes a wider view about research and teaching assistants and officers, as their recruitment may also be affected by the threshold.

Helping the government to understand the impact of these proposed changes is vital to the future of the UK research and higher education community. The Academy is of course especially concerned about the impact of the proposed £30,000 threshold for skilled-migrant visas in the social sciences. In our recent ‘World of Talent‘ reports, we found that international-origin staff made up 30% of all regular academic staff of a known nationality at UK universities in 2016/17.  In the social sciences, international-origin academics make up 27% of those on open-ended contracts, 31% of those on fixed-term contracts, and 28% of those on atypical contracts.  These figures rise dramatically if we look at social science staff at the Russell Group Universities.  In most cases over half of these international-origin staff are from EU and will now need visas for the first time under the new system, and the large numbers of international social science staff on fixed-term or part-time contracts provide vital teaching and research, but may fall below the £30K salary threshold.












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