Academic Visitors


The School of English offers excellent research opportunities in an array of subjects in English Literature, English Language and Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Creative Writing, and Theatre and Performance. The School has over 40 staff, each of them internationally renowned in their field of expertise and with many years of experience in research supervision.

We have a thriving postgraduate community at Sheffield, including students and staff involved in the various MA programmes and PhD projects ongoing in the School. As an Academic Visitor, you would be invited to attend research seminars (a diverse programme is scheduled per semester) and the postgraduate colloquium (which usually takes place in May).

The School has a long history of welcoming Academic Visitors from around the world to join the teaching and research life. Should your application be accepted, you would be invited to stay for either a 6 or 12 month period.

Resources and Research Culture

The School is based in Jessop West, an eco-friendly building at the heart of the University campus. It houses staff offices, work stations for postgraduate students, teaching spaces, a well-resourced DVD library, an exhibition space, and a cafe on the ground floor, which is a useful meeting place for our postgraduates. Nearby, the School has a professionally equipped studio space, the Theatre Workshop.

The University Library subscribes to the major databases and peer-reviewed journals, and there is a regular free minibus to the British Library’s depository at Boston Spa. We also have strong links with Sheffield’s museums and theatres, contacts which we use in our research and teaching.

The School is proud of its lively and open research culture, and we encourage all our Academic Visitors to participate in the many reading groups, research seminars, and academic conferences which are regularly held here.

Facilities Available

You would be able to use the University library, computing services and other University facilities. Unfortunately, the School is unable to provide office space specifically for Academic Visitors. However, quiet work spaces are available in the Information Commons and Western Bank Library.

With the permission of the Module Convenor, you will be able to sit in on up to three MA modules per semester.  Dr Kook-Hee Gil is the first point of contact for all enquiries about research supervision. Depending upon the nature of your research interests, you may then be given the name and contact details of another member of staff most suited to your needs and research area.

Bench Fees

The following bench fee rates are required depending upon the length of your stay:

  • 6 months: £800
  • 12 months: £1,300

Shorter visit periods will be considered and an informal enquiry should be sent to Emma Bradley in the first instance to see if this is possible.

The bench fees should be paid during the first month of your arrival at the University.  If your visit is sponsored by the Chinese Consulate then an invoice of either £500 (for a 6 month period) or £1,000 (for a one year period) will be sent directly to the Chinese Consulate by the School's Finance Officer.  In all cases the additional £300 must be paid directly to Emma Bradley who will issue a receipt to you for this amount.


Finding accommodation is the responsibility of the individual Academic Visitor and it is recommended you view the University’s Accommodation Services webpages for further guidance. Please note, that whilst at the University you would be classed as Visiting Staff and would need to pay the Council Tax for private housing.

Application Procedure

Applications are currently open from September 2018 onwards. Please complete the online application.


Emma Bradley, Academic Visitor Co-ordinator
E-mail address:
Telephone number: 0044 114 2220241