The University has around 2000 overseas students and over 100 nationalities are represented. Our staff are equally mixed in their backgrounds and nationalities, and we welcome and encourage international recruitment.
Our staff are equally mixed in their backgrounds and nationalities, and we welcome and encourage international recruitment.
We support staff joining from other countries in various ways:
- We have an arrangement with a relocation agency, Robinsons International, for international staff joining us on contracts of 2 years or longer. They provide assistance in various ways including arranging visits to properties, advising on schools and child care, assisting in removal and insurance.
- Our arrangement with a local bank allows an account to be set up for staff, ready for use on arrival in the UK.
- Work permits are applied for and processed by the University. Visas and other permissions to remain in the UK still need to be applied for by individuals.
An International Culture
Staff joining us from other countries will find that there is a multicultural feel to Southampton and the University. There are societies, clubs, and groups to support many cultures and nationalities as well as many places of religious activity and worship. Art, culture, leisure, recreational and sporting activities and events cover a wide range of interests. A wide range of shopping facilities includes food shops stocking ingredients from around the globe.
If you are joining the University soon, the following is a useful checklist to assist you in making sure you have everything in place before joining us. You should have:
- Received and accepted our offer and contract of employment in writing
- The right to work in the UK
- Registered with the police if you are required to do so
- Opened a bank account
- Provided us with your bank details
- Found accommodation
- Sufficient funds to pay for a deposit on accommodation, one months rent, and to live for a few weeks
- Insured your possessions
- Arranged a school place and/or childcare for your children
- Registered with a local doctor and/or dentist
- Bought a television licence.
You may find it helpful to access the international staff website: www.internationalstaff.ac.uk which the University of Southampton subscribes to. You will find a wide range of useful advice on how to make the smooth transition to living in the UK and working in the UK higher education system.