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Working as a Researcher

Global opportunities

As a researcher, you may have opportunities of attending international conferences, undertaking fieldwork overseas and/or participating in an exchange programme based at a university in another country.  

The University has partnerships and 'memoranda of understanding' (MoUs) with a range of institutions.  We participate in a number of programmes and networks, so there are lots of opportunities for researchers to extend their research collaborations and connections, as well as build global competencies and CV.

Hello and goodbye

English is now often the common language among collaborative research teams. But the sometimes subtle differences between people from very different backgrounds can bring extra richness.    

It's a great investment to learn a few key phrases in the local language or dialect beforehand. 'Hello', 'goodbye', 'please' and 'thank you' can go a long way, especially with people you meet off-campus. In some locations, things can happen quite differently away from your hotel, conference suite and the airport shuttlebus.

The University's Modern Languages department, based at the Avenue campus, may be able to help with tuition in a range of languages. 

Top tips

The University has comprehensive Health and Safety and Risk Assessment guidance for researchers travelling overseas, for example to undertake field research.

Your line manager or faculty H&S officer will be able to advise.

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