I plan to apply for the Global Talent Visa - Exceptional Promise
I’m a final year PhD researcher in the field of Computer Science. I would appreciate it if you can rate my profile and suggest any areas to strengthen my evidence.
Letters of Recommendation
- LOR1 - A professor in the faculty of Computer Science. He was my PhD supervisor before he moved to another university
- LOR2 - Assistant Professor and Research Chair. He has been my academic mentor.
- LOR3 - Co-founder of a non-profit organisation
MC 1 - You led the growth of a non-profit organisation or social enterprise with a specific focus on the digital technology sector, as evidenced by reference letter(s) from leading industry expert(s) describing your work, or as evidenced by news clippings or similar evidence.
Contribution to the growth of non-profit from a lead teaching assistant in 2020 and 2021 up to my recent contributions as a co-chair in the executive committee. The non-profit focuses on providing accessible education in computational neuroscience and deep learning.
MC 2 - You have evidence of speaking at high-profile digital technology sector events, or specialist events for your particular field in the digital technology sector, as evidenced by reference letter(s) from leading industry expert(s) describing your work, or as evidenced by news clippings or similar evidence (including event size/attendance estimates where possible).
I have 4 speaking engagements but I guess I have to select a couple of them. I do not have the videos or event screenshots for the first two but I have flyers of the event and I can provide reference letters.
- Cloud Computing Conference
- Women in Machine Learning city-branch event
- University MSc Big Data Analytics enrichment week
- Women in Tech global conference
MC 3 - You have held or hold a significant expert role participating on panels, or individually, assessing the work of others in the same field or a field of specialisation related to the digital technology sector.
I have been a peer reviewer for two Journals. I was a reviewer in 2018 and 2019 for a Machine Learning workshop. I can provide recognition emails from editors, review certificates, and reference letter.
I want to use 1 of the two piece of evidences below but not quite sure which is stronger
MC4 - Outside of your normal day-to-day job role, you established, led or were a senior contributor to a large technology-led industry initiative, evidenced through reference letter(s) from global senior project executives.
Led research on the application of AI in Agriculture at a smart agriculture lab in another university. Supervised 5 interns. We have a publication and other projects ongoing.
MC4 - You have received nationally or internationally recognised prizes or awards for excellence specifically in the digital technology sector, as evidenced by the award itself, reference letter(s) from leading industry expert(s) describing your achievement, or as evidenced by news clippings or similar evidence.
- Top 50 finalist for an award organized by a Women in Tech organization
- Featured by operational research society evidenced by news article recognising my research
OC 2 (1) - Mentorship
I designed and delivered a 6-page coursebook (related to my research in AI) for 15 - 17-year-olds to improve access to education.
OC 2 (2) - Volunteering
I volunteered at a top software development conference in London, and another conference for DevOps in 2019.
OC 2 (3) - Open Source project
Was the co-facilitator for Data Study Group (collaborative hackathon) organized by Alan Turing Institute. I led the team on a data science project and the work got published.
OC 4 (1) - Evidence of at least one significant contribution to the field in the form of a paper published in a top-tier peer-reviewed journal.
Have published as co-author for three top-tier journal papers.
OC 4 (2) - Evidence of presentations at a peer-reviewed conference, or evidence of being awarded competitive peer-reviewed research grants.
I have presented conference papers at three venues.
OC 4 (3) - A letter of support from a research supervisor or other expert in your area of expertise affirming their potential world-class standard. This is in addition to the required letters of recommendation and must be written by another individual;
A letter from my PhD advisor describing my research and it’s impact on the digital technology sector
- I have one first-authored paper still undergoing review but I wonder whether I can submit this as part of my OC4 if it comes back accepted if I can show the history of submission and reviews (to show it wasn’t initiated close to TN visa application). I assume there will be no substantial evidence of citation at the point of my application to demonstrate impact. But this is where I’m intending to use letter from research supervisor to show it will be impactful.
Talks or conference speaking that have had a significant viewership. Conferences must be widely regarded as sector-leading events for your field with at least 100 attendees (not registrations). As a speaker you must be speaking on the main stage and the invitation to speak must not have been paid for by your organisation as part of any sponsorship. Leading a workshop or running a session at a conference is not sufficient. Evidence should include your speech with either a link to the video of you speaking, the programme of events displaying your talk or a reference letter from the conference organiser with explanation of why you were asked to speak.
- Should I take it that these rules under OC 2 also apply to MC speaking evidence?