Human Resources

Working abroad

As a leading international university we engage in an increasing range of activities and projects that require staff to be located overseas, from short-term assignments to permanent appointments. This has increased in recent years and is likely to increase further given the University’s international ambition and reach.

Just as in the UK, working in another country requires compliance with a host of regulations, including the right to work in that country (e.g. the need for a work permit/visa), taxation, social security, healthcare and pensions. As your employer, the University also has a duty of care to ensure your workplace is safe.  

Given the risks and costs associated with these issues, for both individual staff members and the University (i.e. Schools and Departments), staff must have express permission from their Head of College or Professional Services Group to work outside of the UK.

The following pages explain the University’s approach to overseas working and under what circumstances staff will be permitted to fulfil their role from outside the UK. 

Staff must not commit to or put in place any arrangements to base themselves in a particular country for an extended period of time without first discussing this with their line manager.

Guidance for managers and staff

These pages provide examples of the issues which need to be fully explored, considered, and risk assessed before approval to work abroad can be granted.