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Visiting Researchers programme

About the Programme

The Visiting Researchers Programme is an exciting new 5-year research initiative between UK and China, funded by British Council and Jiangsu Department of Education, who support ECRs and PGRs from universities in China to visit UK universities involved in the consortium, with a view to undertaking collaborative world-leading research in 3 broad thematic areas- Advanced Manufacturing, Environmental Engineering & Healthcare. 


The placements for visiting PGR students are for 6 months and for ECRs between 6 to 12 months. We have successfully managed to place some students and ECRs in 2018. There are 54 Jiangsu applications for UK university in 2019 and 82% have been offered a place. We are now looking to plan potential visits for 2020. To assist with this process, we have started to pull together a “Capacity Register" for staff at various UK universities which we will then make available to Jiangsu partners to help them advertise potential research areas and inform of potential placements available.


Currently, we have over 240 academics registered from our 13 UK partners as willing to host students and ECRs. If you would like to register as a hosting academic, please download and fill in the Capacity Register below and send it to us.

Bench Fee

It is agreed by both UK and Jiangsu that visting researchers will pay the following Bench Fee to cover their research cost during the visit, such as small items of equipement and conference travel.


6 month visit, PhD, £1,600 

12 month visit, ECR, £3,200


ECR- early career researcher

Endorsement

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About my visit

Hi, I'm Zhonglin Lin, a visitng PhD student from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The half-year visit and research at the University of Liverpool is short but beautiful. When I came to UoL, I was immediately attracted by the spectacular architecture of the Victorian Gallery and Museum, one of the landmarks of the UoL. The SMARTLab I came to visit is located next to the gallery - the Computer Science Department. I participated and completed a research project related to robotic sensors, guided by Dr. Shan Luo. I am very grateful to Dr. Shan Luo for his guidance and I would like to thank my lab mates, who were very helpful in all aspects. Our lab has Ph.D students from 4 different countries and it is very enjoyable to work here.

Liverpool life

In addition to the lab life, I also visited Liverpool's famous attractions such as Liverpool Cathedral, Albert Dock and Liverpool Museum. As a famous port city in the UK, Liverpool has a long history and culture. The must-see should be the Beatle’s Museum and the Cavern Club, where the Beatle’s used to play. Liverpool also has the best atmosphere for football, whether you are an avid fan of Liverpool F.C. or Everton F.C. The two football fields, Anfield Stadium and Goodison Park, are very close to each other. Every time Merseyside Derby is going on, everybody gets excited. During my visit, it is my honor to witness Liverpool F.C. win the Champions League again after 14 years. I also had the privilege of witnessing the Liverpool F.C.'s winning parade. This is an unforgettable experience.

Summary

I would like to recommend the University of Liverpool to students who are going to participate in the Jiangsu-UK 20+20 Visit Program. It will be lovely and you won't regret it. 


江苏-英国20+20访学项目感言- 利物浦大学

在利物浦大学半年的访学生活是短暂但美好的。初来利物浦大学,我就被维多利亚画廊与博物馆壮观的建筑风格所吸引。我所访问的smARTLab就位于这个画廊的旁边-计算机科学学院楼内。我在实验室内除了继续开展我自己国内的研究课题之外,还参与并完成了与smARTLab机器人传感器相关的研究课题,这个课题是由该实验室的罗老师所指导的。非常感谢罗老师的指导,让我能够顺利完成这半年的访学,并且我还要感谢我们实验室的其他几位博士同学,他们也在各方面给予我很多帮助。我们实验室有来自4个不同国家的博士生,尽管大家的文化背景各不相同,但与他们的合作非常有趣并且愉快。除了实验室的学习生活,我还利用空余时间参观了利物浦的知名景点,比如利物浦大教堂、阿尔伯特码头以及利物浦博物馆。利物浦作为英国著名的港口城市,拥有着悠久的历史以及文化,其中最知名的莫过于Beatles乐队与摇滚乐,来到这里一定不能错过的就是披头士生前曾经驻唱过的酒吧以及一个讲述披头士乐队故事的博物馆。与此同时,这座城市还拥有着狂热的足球迷,不论你是利物浦的忠实粉丝,还是埃弗顿的铁杆球迷,你都可以在这里感受到最好的看球氛围。两座足球场-安菲尔德球场以及古迪逊公园球场相互紧邻,每到默西塞德德比的时候这里总是充斥着紧张而激烈的气息。在我访学的这段时间正好赶上利物浦足球队时隔14年再次夺得欧冠冠军,我也有幸目睹了利物浦足球队的夺冠游行,这是一段终身难忘的体验。我想给推荐即将参加江苏-英国20+20访学项目的同学选择利物浦大学,来到这里你一定不会后悔。三点访学建议:1、住宿可以尽量选择学校周边的学生公寓,周边的学生公寓价格合理并且离学校非常近,很方便。2、请不要带太多生活用品,这里能买到各种生活用品,还可以购买之前学生老师用过的二手用具。3、学会做饭,英国的饮食真的一言难尽。