Students Staff

Visiting researchers

Research clusters


We have specialist research clusters in public law, commercial law and human rights. They provide a focus for debate, research collaboration and teaching development among our academic staff.

Our Visiting Researchers Scheme welcomes academics, practitioners and independent researchers to spend time conducting research in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre, whether as part of sabbatical leave from normal employment or sponsored directly by other organisations.

We expect visiting researchers to:

  • have an established research record
  • make a clear case for being based in our School, which includes the Human Rights Centre, and how their presence and work will complement our research environment and enhance our research profile
  • provide a clear plan regarding the research project they intend to pursue during their research stay in the School

Timing and duration

You can start at any time during the year, subject to agreement between each visiting researcher and the School of Law.

You will normally stay for at least one term, but longer and shorter research visits may exceptionally be approved.


We consider applications for visiting researchers three times a year:

  • 5 January to visit in the summer term and vacation (May to September)
  • 1 April to visit in the autumn term (September to December)
  • 1 September to visit in the spring term (January to April)

Relationship with our School and Human Rights Centre

You are expected to participate fully in the School of Law research environment, for example through associating yourself with one of our research clusters, attending staff and PhD research seminars, and other research-related events. You will also present a seminar paper about your research during your visit.

Support and accommodation

You must be completely self-funded as we cannot provide financial support for visiting researchers.

You will be provided with a University of Essex login and email address, enabling you to use computer facilities at the University. You will also have access to the Albert Sloman Library. Desk space within the School of Law is not guaranteed and may require a fee to be paid.

We cannot arrange living accommodation for visiting researchers. Essex Students' Union has an accommodation finding service.

Application form and contact

Applicants for our Visiting Researchers Scheme should fill in the following application form:

Please send applications and all other enquiries to Jamie Tuxford.

Visiting Research Students

Current doctoral research students registered at other institutions are not accepted under the Visiting Researchers Scheme, but can instead apply to visit the School as a visiting research student. For more information please contact Konstantina Koutsouroumpa.

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