Applying from overseas

If you currently live outside of the UK and you're looking to apply for a job at the University, we've put together some guidance below which is designed to support you through this process:

Information about the EU Settlement Scheme

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. The rights of EU citizens living in the UK remain the same until the 31 December 2020. All current EU citizens in the UK are encouraged to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

To be eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme you must be living in the UK by 31 December 2020. Close family members who are not living in the UK by 31 December 2020 will be able to join their EU family member in the UK at any point in the future, as long as the relationship still exists.

Close family members include spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners and dependent children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents. Family members do not need to be from the EU, they can come from anywhere in the world (known as non-EU family member).

The Home Office have recently confirmed that non-European 'durable partners' of European Citizens (i.e. those not married or in a same sex civil partnership) cannot apply for pre-settled status if they do not already hold a family permit or residence card issued under the old system to show that their relationship has been accepted as genuine.

Please contact if you have any questions regarding Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme.

Alternatively, for more information please visit the EU Settlement Scheme on the Government website.

Advice on applying for eligibility to work in the UK

If you do not currently have eligibility to work in the UK and have been offered a role, your offer will be subject to obtaining this requirement.

Skilled Worker Route (previously Tier 2)

The majority of our employees coming from overseas apply through the Tier 2 (Sponsored Skilled Worker Route). If you are applying via this route, we will provide you with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) which you will need when applying for your visa.

All the information you will need can be found on the Skilled Worker Visa pages on the Government website.

Visa loans

We realise that applying for a visa can be a very expensive process for you, therefore we are able to offer you a loan to help you cover the cost of your visa fee and health surcharge. Any loan made to you will be recovered in equal monthly instalments through your salary. For more information, please email the Recruitment Team at

Other routes

  • Tier 1 Global Talent Visa - GTV (Replaces Exceptional Talent route)

This is an endorsement route.

The GTV has several routes for securing a visa for different roles as follows:
Senior appointments - fast track endorsement for individuals who have been appointed as professor, associate professor, reader, senior research group leader or equivalent at any UK higher education institution (HEI) or eligible research institute provided specified recruitment requirements are met. This route is administered by The British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and The Royal Society.

Endorsed funders - This is a fast-track endorsement for researchers and specialists whose name or job title is specified in a successful grant application from an endorsed funder approved by UKRI. In order to be eligible, researchers must be hosted or employed by eligible institutions named in Appendix Global Talent of the Immigration Rules.

The application for tis visa route is split into two stages:

  • Stage 1: Endorsement Application
  • Stage 2: Visa application

The university will need to provide you with a statement of guarantee letter for this route to confirm your job offer, please contact for more information. We recommend you read the full contents of the Global Talent Visa rules before making an application.

Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES)

This visa sub-category is available to those students who are approaching the end of their PhD course.

This will enable the student to remain in the UK for 12 months beyond their expected course end date.

They can work full time hours with no restrictions.

Should you apply for a permanent job in the UK you will need to switch visa category prior to the end of your current visa. Please see Tier 2 sponsorship guidance.

Advice on opening a bank account, the cost of living and how your salary will be paid.

Opening a bank account

You must have a UK bank account to receive your salary, therefore we advise you to arrange a meeting with a bank or building society as soon as possible after your arrival in the UK.

To open an account, you will need two documents: one to prove your identity and one to evidence your address. If required, you may request an official letter of employment from Human Resources to confirm the latter.

There are many different banks and building societies to choose from, all with different offerings. It is usually easier to open an account with one of the UK’s largest banks – Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC or NatWest.

Your salary

Your salary will be paid in monthly instalments on the 25th of each month by credit transfer payment into a nominated UK bank or building society account. Where the 25th of the month falls on a weekend or bank holiday, you will be paid on the last working day prior to this. You will receive an itemised pay slip each month.

You will need a National Insurance (NI) number before we can make any payments to you. This should be printed on the back of your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). In the event that it isn’t, you will need to apply for one. You can only do this once you have arrived in the UK. Find out how to apply for a National Insurance number.

Cost of living

There are various costs of living associated with living in the UK that you should take into consideration:

Rent or mortgage

Monthly rental costs can vary depending on whether you are renting a room or an entire flat/house so it is worth looking at your options early on. Deposits are also commonplace when you sign a rental agreement, and these tend to be the equivalent of one months’ rent.

Council Tax

This is paid to the local authorities to cover services such as street maintenance, refuge collection and the emergency services. Council tax rates are dependent on various factors, so it is worth bearing this in mind.

Contents insurance

Contents insurance typically covers everything you would take with you if you moved to a new house. There are some exceptions to this rule so it’s worth checking the details of each policy to ensure you have the right level of cover. You can compare suppliers and policies on any comparison website.

Water, gas and electricity

You will need to register an account with Severn Trent, the supplier of water to Derby. Rates can range from £100-400 per year depending on usage and are usually billed twice a year.

Gas and electricity can be provided by one supplier and rates vary. You can compare multiple suppliers using any comparison website.

TV license

To avoid receiving a fine, you must have a TV license to watch or record programmes on a TV, computer or other device as they’re broadcast or if you download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer. A TV license costs £159 per year which can be paid in full or in instalments.

Telephone and internet

There are multiple providers offering various deals so make sure you choose the right package for you, depending on your requirements. Most companies will ask you to sign up for a 12-month contract.

Car costs

Road tax, MOT and car insurance are all requirements to run a car in the UK. See the DVLA website for more information. 

If you are relocating to Derby from overseas, we are able to offer temporary accommodation at our Kedleston Road campus for up to six months whilst you make more permanent arrangements. Requests are subject to availability and individual circumstance. Please note that there is limited availability and you may be required to share a room.

For more information, contact the Student Living Housing Team on

Estate and letting agents

There are numerous Estate and Letting Agents in and around the city that can help you find suitable accommodation. Ensure that the agency is a member of a professional body, such as the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). You can also use property search websites such as Rightmove or Zoopla.

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

If you applied for your visa from outside of the UK, your decision letter will tell you where you need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from. This will usually be a named local Post Office branch.

You must collect your BRP before the vignette sticker in your passport expires or within 10 days of arriving in the UK, whichever is later. You may receive a fine of up to £1000 if you do not collect your BRP. You will need to take your passport, with your vignette with you when you collect it.

Before your first day

Before you commence employment with us, you will need to make an appointment with HR and bring original copies of the following documentation:

  • Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
  • Your passport 
  • Your highest qualification, as listed on your application form
  • The qualifications that you hold that are essential to the role, as listed on the Job Description for your role

Once these documents have been verified by HR, you will be issued with an employee number.

Your first day

Your line manager will be in touch with you to make the arrangements for your first day.

You will need to take your employee number to the library where you will be issued with a photo iD card and given site and account access.

Your line manager will discuss your induction plan with you.

University induction

In your first few weeks you will be invited to our University welcome day where you will learn more about the University and its current and future plans.

This is also a great chance to meet other people who are new to the university.

We also have great online resources designed for you to learn more about the University and the support available to you during your career with us.

Useful contacts

Useful links and contacts to help you settle into life in the UK.


Human Resources - 01332 593099
Payroll –
Sports centre - 01332 591790