Visiting Scholar Scheme

UCM is forming a group comprising academics who are willing to collaborate with the university college’s students and staff.

In line with Research Vannin’s aims, the UCM Visiting Scholar Scheme is being developed in order to enhance research at UCM and across the Island, support UCM staff with research projects and help develop a network of international research collaborations.

UCM Visiting Scholar will be an academic who is associated with UCM for the purposes of undertaking or sharing research, and who may on occasion contribute to UCM by giving lectures and offering research support for UCM students and staff.

Visiting scholars may be established academics, post-doctoral researchers or doctoral students. The position is not salaried because such a scholar is typically employed by another institution, is either independent or retired.

Visiting scholars will have full access to UCM libraries, be provided with an email account and if required, desk space. In addition to conducting their own research, a Visiting Scholar will contribute to UCM’s research culture and actively participate in a number of activities, such as:

  • Formal or informal discussions with graduate or postgraduate research students, including PhD students placed at third party institutions.
  • Accessing research funding, by virtue of personal reputation, to undertake research affiliated to UCM.
  • Collaborating on research with UCM staff.
  • Contributing to UCM’s teaching by presenting as guest speakers at lectures/seminars.
  • Acknowledging an affiliation with UCM when publishing articles/research.
  • Promoting Visiting Scholars through the UCM website and other relevant platforms.

Letter of Agreement

Following the appointment, the specific details of the agreement between UCM and a Visiting Scholar will be confirmed in a Letter of Agreement.

Research Ethics and Governance

Research proposals generated by Visiting Scholars as UCM affiliates will require approval by the UCM Research Ethics and Governance Committee (UCMREG). 


UCM particularly seeks Visiting Scholars whose research interests connect closely with the primary and emerging curriculum areas at UCM and its partners. To apply for this position, we require:

  • Information regarding your reasons for wanting to be a Visiting Scholar at UCM (your background, your current work, the benefits you anticipate from a visit and the funding to support you).
  • Your current CV.
  • Names, positions and email addresses of two referees, together with a brief explanation of how you are known to them.


Successful applicants will be appointed by the Chair of UCM Governors for a period of three years with possible renewal, subject to review.