DEI Workshop: Navigating the UKs immigration system for Biotech SMEs

In a Post-Brexit world, immigration is key to retaining talent in the Life Sciences industry. Join our latest virtual workshop where we will be exploring how your UK business can recruit migrant workers and retain talent in the sector. We will also be discussing what sponsorship is, how it works in practice and the consequences of non-compliance. We will cover useful tips on the practicalities of sponsorship and recruiting migrant workers.

The presentation will cover how biotech companies can bring skilled migrant workers and retain talent in the UK, the challenges of sponsorship and what the sponsorship process looks like. We will be giving ‘Top 5 tips for you to takeaway’ when considering sponsoring migrant workers. Furthermore, highlight the consequences if the business is not sponsor compliant. We will also have a guest speaker in the biotech industry to talk about their experience of going through sponsorship. This presentation is for anyone who wishes to learn about sponsorship and would like an insight into what sponsoring migrant workers looks out for the life sciences sector. 

Join us and our expert speakers online for an interactive and informative workshop and connect with like-minded individuals who have a passion for driving diverse talent within the sector. This workshop will be run as a virtual meeting with interactive breakout sessions. Please come prepared to listen, learn and actively discuss the key challenges facing your organisation.

Please note: this is a free, invite only event for BIA corporate SME members with a focus on talent within their organisations. We have limited space available so kindly ask you only register if you are available for the whole workshop and plan on participating in the breakout sessions. If you are unable to attend, please do let us know ASAP so we can offer your place to someone else.

Apply to register by emailing your full name, job title, organisation to the BIA Events team


Dr Kate Barclay

Dr Kate Barclay

Skills Strategy Consultant

Sasha Lormant

Sasha Lormant

Principal Associate, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Jiyin Oh

Jiyin Oh

Associate, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Ben Weeks

Ben Weeks

Head of Global Mobility Strategy, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Suzanne Wood

Suzanne Wood

Head of Organisational Culture and Experience, Ellipses Pharma



11:00                    Introduction

11:00 – 12:00    Session 1: Eversheds presentation and Q&A :

  • Sasha Lormant - Eversheds Sutherland
  • Jiyin Oh - Eversheds Sutherland

12:00 - 12:15     Session 2: industry partner experience

  • Suzanne Wood - Ellipses Pharma

12:15 – 12:20    Introduction into breakout rooms

12:20 – 12:45    Session 3 Breakout Rooms: discussing challenges and opportunities within the current system.

  • Kate Barclay - BIA 
  • Ben Weeks - UK Research and Innovation

12:45 – 13:00    Feedback on workshop & key takeaways

13:00                   Workshop closes