Visitors can bring many benefits to the University and to colleagues, for example by sharing skills and experience, knowledge exchange and enabling collaboration in research, and there may also be many benefits to the visitor of participating in the life of the University of Oxford and having access to departmental / University facilities for a short period of time.
However, departments should also weigh the costs in terms of departmental / University time and resources against these benefits when deciding whether to offer visitor status to someone.
The relevant department/faculty may have their own procedures for individuals to apply to come as a visitor and for the application to be considered, and departments will be the first source of advice for individuals.
- will be at Oxford for a limited (and defined) period of time (normally up to 1 year, although certain defined fellowships may, exceptionally, require a visitor to be at Oxford for up to 3 years) and is permitted to use or access a department’s facilities, and
- normally is associated with another institution (usually this means as an employee), and
- normally will be returning to their own institution upon completion of their visit to Oxford, and
- does not receive any payment from the University, and
- is NOT carrying out a University job or performing any work at the direction or under the supervision of the University, nor are they required by the University to attend the University or perform any services.
Visitors do not have a contract of employment, worker agreement or consultancy contract with the University and therefore never receive a salary or other payment for services from the University. However, visitors need to have completed and signed a formal, University visitor agreement before they arrive at the University (see 'Resources' below).