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Academic visitor guidelines

Academic visitors to the School come under three main categories, summarised below.  Heads of Department/Directors of Institutes/Centres may submit nominations every term by the closing dates for each category.  LSE staff may find out more about the procedure by following the links from this page:  Visiting Appointments| (internal).   

If you are interested in coming to the Department of Sociology as an academic visitor you may wish to contact a member of faculty in the first instance.  Otherwise, please email Sociology.admin@lse.ac.uk|.  Please note that places within the Department are very limited. 

For current academic visitors to the Department, see Research Fellows and Visiting Fellows|.

For general information about coming to work at LSE see the School's Human Resources (HR) Division web pages: Joining LSE|.

Visiting Fellows

This category is aimed at academics who are pre-major review (post-doctoral) and researchers in the early stages of their career, plus persons/practitioners of equivalent standing in an appropriate profession/occupation.  Subsumed within this category are the former visiting fellow, visiting research associate and research scholar schemes.

The Visiting Fellow will have access to the LSE Library.  However, please note that the School is not normally able to offer Visiting Fellows any office space or secretarial assistance. In cases where the Visiting Fellow is being funded by a government or other funding body, the ‘bench fee’ will be remitted to the Department, which will be responsible for making appropriate provisions such as desk space, computer etc. 

The duties of a Visiting Fellow will be to participate in the teaching and research activities of the Department in accordance with arrangements to be agreed with the
Head of Department. Visiting Fellows who undertake teaching for which they are to be paid will be issued with a Part-Time Teachers contract, which will be regarded as a separate appointment from that of Visiting Fellow.

Visiting Fellows who are not nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and who receive financial support of any form, from a formal source of funding such as the government, university, research council, charitable organisation etc, to carry out research, will be required to have a Sponsored Research Work Permit to work at
the School.

Visiting Senior Fellows

This category includes academics who are of the lecturer (post-major review equivalent), senior lecturer or reader level and professionals at a broadly comparable level in their profession.  Subsumed within this category are the former visiting fellow, academic visitor and visiting research fellow schemes. 

The status is intended to apply to scholars who have already published work of
distinction, as well as recognising the contribution from those in government service, in professional practice, in the private sector, or in other appropriate fields, to research and other Departmental/Institute/Centre activities.

The Visiting Senior Fellow will have access to the LSE Library.  However, please note that the School is not normally able to offer Visiting Senior Fellows any office space or secretarial assistance. In cases where the Visiting Senior Fellow is being funded by a government or other funding body, the ‘bench fee’ will be remitted to the Department, which will be responsible for making appropriate provisions such as desk space, computer etc. 

The duties of a Visiting Senior Fellow will be to participate in the teaching and research activities of the Department in accordance with arrangements to be agreed with the
Head of Department. Visiting Senior Fellows who undertake teaching for which they are to be paid will be issued with a Part-Time Teachers contract, which will be regarded as a separate appointment from that of Visiting Senior Fellow.

Visiting Senior Fellows who are not nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and who receive financial support of any form, from a formal source of funding such as the government, university, research council, charitable organisation etc, to carry out research, will be required to have a Sponsored Research Work Permit to work at
the School.

Visiting Professors

The School may confer the title of Visiting Professor for a defined but renewable period on persons of appropriate distinction whose connections with the School are appropriate to the visiting title. It includes individuals with a non academic background who may have achieved prominence in public life, or who have attained distinction in their profession. 

Visiting Professors should be members of the Senior Common Room and are entitled to use the LSE Library. The Department will provide the Visiting Professor with accommodation amounting at least to desk space in the Department, but this provision should not entitle the Department to claim an additional room.

Visiting Professorship appointments will normally be unpaid. In exceptional circumstances, the Department may propose the payment of a salary, on a relevant LSE salary scale, subject to resources being available and the approval of the Director of the school.  Visiting Professors who undertake teaching for which they are to be paid will be issued with a Part-Time Teacher contract, which will be regarded as a separate appointment from that of Visiting Professor.

Visiting Professors who are not nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and who receive financial support of any form, from a formal source of funding such as the government, university, research council, charitable organisation etc, to carry out research, will be required to have eligibility to work in the UK, in order to work at the School.

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