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General enquiries

For general enquiries relating to the International Mobility Project, please contact the project team at imobproject@imperial.ac.uk

Learn more about the International Mobility Pilot (for Business School and School of Public Health)

Project overview 

Imperial is a UK-based university with a global outlook. However, working overseas can carry significant financial, legal, regulatory and safety risks for individuals as well as the College.  

To be competitive and world-leading, we must ensure our International Mobility (overseas working) function keeps in step with the global reach of our research and teaching.  

To achieve this, the College’s International Mobility Team (IMT) and colleagues from across the organisation are working together as part of an ongoing project with three key objectives: 

  1. Improve Imperial's in-house International Mobility function  
  2. Increase awareness and appreciation of the risks of overseas working and the need to request in advance  
  3. Undertake an up-to-date risk assessment for the current overseas workforce to provide required support and resolution of potential liabilities for individuals and/or College 

These objectives will be achieved by: 

  1. Establishing an expert International Mobility function to provide the service 
  2. Developing and communicating a framework which outlines how new overseas working requests are assessed 
  3. Implementing industry-standard software capable of identifying risks and mitigations, to be used by the IMT 
  4. Providing clear guidance and information to staff
  5. Create a risk profile of existing and recent overseas working 

Pilot phase 

The project team have been working closely with the Business School and the School of Public Health to pilot the new International Mobility Framework, which outlines how new overseas working requests are assessed by the IMTWhile initially there will be no material change to the process for staff submitting new requests, the pilot period will allow the IMT to test new software that will support them in delivering an efficient, high-quality service to users. Risk profiles for the current overseas workforce in the two departments will also be generated. The pilot will also evaluate how staff and senior leaders are engaged and informed. 

The pilot concluded at the end of January and the lessons learnt have been captured and are now being reviewed to shape a College-wide rollout, currently planned for Summer 2024.  

For staff participating in the pilot (all staff in the Business School and the School of Public Health), please visit the pilot webpages for further information.