New Global Talent Visas that fast-track scientists’ access to the UK are to be introduced following campaigning from Imperial and researchers.
Writing in the Times this morning, Imperial President Alice Gast said the Global Talent Visas “show how Britain can continue to welcome first-rate researchers, backed by British, European and global funding agencies.”
Times Higher Education ranked Imperial as the UK’s most international university today, as the College continues to campaign for access to European and global research networks.
In her letter to the Times, Professor Gast added: “Our participation in the European Commission’s Horizon Europe research funding programme must be settled in the next phase of negotiations with Brussels. If this happens, the coming decades could be the most successful in Britain’s scientific history.”
A Wellcome Trust report, published today, shows how such an EU-UK research deal is achievable.
In a message to Imperial’s community ahead of this Friday’s Brexit date, President Alice Gast and Provost Ian Walmsley said: “We will continue to collaborate closely with our European and global partners in education, research and innovation – recognising that this is central to the future success of Imperial and UK science as a whole.”
During the Brexit transition period from 31 January, Imperial researchers can continue to apply for and win European research grants, as they have been since the 2016 referendum.
Professors Gast and Walmsley said: “We will work with the government and colleagues across the research community to develop a new immigration system that supports and strengthens the UK’s role as a world leader in science.”
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