The External Advisory Board

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Closes 25 Jun 2021

The External Advisory Board

The UKRI Global Talent Visa External Advisory Board (GTV EAB), chaired by the Deputy Director for Global Mobility, provides a forum for advice from across the research sector towards the development of the Global Talent scheme. 

The role of the board is to:

  • Provide advice to, and develop options for UKRI on the decision to accept or reject new funders under the Global Talent Visa, taking into account the criteria set by the Home Office in collaboration with UKRI.
  • Consider and advise UKRI on the eligibility criteria for endorsed funders.
  • Consider and advise UKRI on the eligibility criteria for applicants.
  • Provide advice to UKRI on risks that develop as the scheme is introduced.
  • Provide leadership and information sharing across the sector.
  • Provide advice and options on other decisions as requested by UKRI .
  • Consult and interact with the community and feedback to the EAB as appropriate to provide a route for communication
  • Develop and maintain a reasonable level of knowledge of the immigration system and global mobility within research

The GTV EAB will not be responsible for developing new mobility schemes or responding to issues outside of the Global Talent scheme.

 

Responsibilities of EAB

The Advisory Board will support UKRI in its operation of the endorsed funder route of the Global Talent visa. The board will provide advice, but not make any binding decisions. Advice given by the Board will be incorporated in any recommendations UKRI make to the UKRI Committee.

 

Person specifications:

All EAB members are expected to have the ability to contribute to the range of activities undertaken by the Board. We would therefore expect applicants to have experience in and/or understanding in one or more of the following:

  1. Understanding of the governance, assurance, control and accountability structures and requirements within a large complex organisation ideally across:

o Ethics & compliance

o Environmental, social and corporate governance

o The public sector and environment

  1. Demonstrable experience/expertise in public sector research (specifically having experience or knowledge of grant funding calls), with the ability to contribute to building institutional awareness of the Global Talent visa within their type of organisation (eg. within universities/IRO’s/ PSRE’s)
  2. Experience / career in politics and Government to effectively advise on policy and process related to the Global Talent Visa and the immigration system.
  3. Demonstrable experience/expertise in immigration/mobility
  4. Experience/knowledge of collaborating with business in a research environment
  5. Experience/knowledge of private sector research, with the ability to contribute to building institutional awareness of the Global Talent visa within their type of organisation

Our ideal candidates should also possess the following personal skills:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Sound judgement, integrity, probity and high ethical standards;
  • Ability to work collegiately as part of an advisory board;
  • Ability to critically and objectively challenge and probe.
  • Ability to operate flexibly where the need arises by working remotely or within conventional settings

It is essential that the successful candidate can commit the required time and attention to the role and have the full support of their employing organisation to do so.

Our expectations of EAB members are that they:

  • develop and maintain a reasonable level of knowledge of the immigration system and global mobility within research
  • assess and make recommendations on endorsed funder nominations  
  • attend four EAB meetings a year
  • consult and interact with the community and feedback to the EAB as appropriate to provide a route for communication

 

Meeting frequency, remuneration and membership

The External Advisory Board will meet once every three months for approximately 2 hours, dependant on business requirements, although the Chairman reserves the right to request additional meetings as required. More frequent working groups or task-and-finish groups may be established, and in cases of emergency advice may be sought by correspondence.

Board members will be asked to serve for a term of two years, at which point they will be asked to step down. UKRI reserve the right to disband the board at their discretion. Members will be reimbursed for all reasonable travel and subsistence (T&S) costs associated with membership, in accordance with the UKRI T&S policy.

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