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We are seeking case studies to help understand and illustrate the international bioscience workforce in the UK


In particular these would be a helpful resource in preparation for responding to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) call for evidence and briefing note on EEA workers in the UK labour market (deadline 27 Oct).

We would be grateful for your help as soon as possible and no later than 4th October 2017. (We are aware that CaSE are also seeking information with a deadline of 25th September).

A case study, or narrative notes, need not be long (we suggest keeping as short as possible); and suggest points to cover below:

Biographical details

please include information related to the points below.  We will treat all personal information in confidence unless given leave to use details. You may indicate whether this information could be used in external communications if anonymised, or indeed that identification is not an issue. Please say whether the details relate to you or to another; please cover:

  • job title and area of the biosciences
  • highest qualification/skill level
  • pattern of employment (full-time/part-time/contract/permanent)
  • nationality/country of origin
  • country of training 

Personal impact of migration/ relocation for work

how has your career progression and experience been impacted by the ability to live and work in a variety of countries, for example within and external to the EEA, including the UK e.g. have you been able to contribute to or set-up collaborative working groups with international input? What aspects of this freedom to ‘migrate’ have been particularly beneficial to you and your work? Have you received or given training which may only have been available in a specific country? Would reduced ease of movement into or out of the UK have affected your decisions to live and work here?

Sector impact of work force migration/ relocation

How has your area of work/ sector of the biosciences impacted by the ability of colleagues/personnel to live and work in a variety of countries, for example within or external to the EEA, including the UK e.g. What parts of the migration system could be improved to allow greater benefit to your area of work? Would your area of work be affected by altered ability for personnel to move into or out of the UK.

Technical and skill specialist roles

How dependant is your area of work on non-UK workers (EEA and non-EEA) filling these roles? What qualifications do you require of them? What would be the impact of access to fewer of these personnel? What could a new/ future migration system do to ensure access to able and qualified technical workers from the EEA, and external to it?

What would you like to see in a UK migration system?

Would you have any advice or priorities for a future UK migration system? Would you have any advice for UK education and skills policy to meet future workforce needs?

Please email your case studies to Laura Marshall

Please note, we may consider using case studies in an online/blog format and will contact a range of respondents to request their preference and permission in relation to this, in due course. Our aim will be to present an exemplar set of experiences from across the biosciences and skills sets, if possible.