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Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars have the opportunity to engage in projects and activities that are mutually agreed with identified intended outcomes, with placements usually lasting for between four and six months.

Open University of China visiting scholars  Chang Liu, Tengfei Ma and  Ning Liu
Open University of China visiting scholars  Chang Liu, Tengfei Ma and  Ning Liu

We offer opportunities for visiting scholars to spend a period of, usually, four to six months with us.  These opportunities are particularly attractive for those with support from their home countries for a period of scholarship or sabbatical study. A bespoke programme of activities will be developed for each individual Visiting Scholar to support their intended outcomes. The nature of the placement can vary from specific research projects, to skills development. For example, we can support research, applied research, evaluation, capacity building, upskilling, programme/short course development and training.

Visiting Scholars are generally supported by a team of CODE Fellows, led by the Director of CODE, Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper and supported by our Executive Leads for Visiting Scholars and Research and Scholarship. Visiting Scholars are given workspace in the University of London’s iconic Senate House complex, provided with a desk, email account and computer facilities and granted access to our extensive online Library with over 100 million digital items in the collection plus our physical Senate House library.

Regular meetings with CODE Fellows and other UoL experts ensures that visiting scholars have the opportunity to present their initial research/project plans for peer review. Projects and research activities are fully supported by staff at the University of London who can, for example, provide opportunities for hands on activities in our recording studios and editing suites, or with technical workshops to support enhanced digital skills in virtual learning environment creation and development. A modest fee is payable by the scholar, or their supporting organisation, to cover CODE’s costs. 

CODE looks forward to welcoming four Visiting Scholars to London in 2024: Jiang Yilu from the Institute of Lifelong Education, The Open University of China, Beijing; Ana Niu from Tianjin Open University, China; Prof Dil Vosgerau from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil and Dr Brent Moore from Indiana Wesleyan University, USA.

Download the leaflet for more information, or for an initial discussion about visiting scholar opportunities contact:

  • Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper
    Director of Academic Practice in Distance Education
    Director of Centre for Online and Distance Education
    University of London