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Agreement with Barclays to help new postdocs open UK bank accounts

last modified Aug 25, 2017 11:53 AM
Following lobbying from the OPdA and the HR Compliance Team, Barclays Bank has established an agreement with the University to help staff arriving in the UK open a bank account without requiring proof of address.

Postdocs moving to Cambridge from abroad can have problems opening accounts at many UK banks. Many banks will not permit you to open an account until you have evidence of a UK address, which you may not receive until some months after arrival.

But with help from the postdoc community who shared their experiences with us, we have been lobbying to improve the situation.

The University has now established an agreement with Barclays Bank to provide a better solution for new staff arriving in the UK.

As soon as you arrive in the UK you can now obtain a letter from the University’s HR Compliance Team, regardless of your living arrangements, which Barclays will accept in place of proof of address.

You can find the full details, terms and conditions of the agreement on the HR webpages.

This should make it much easier and quicker for postdocs arriving in Cambridge from abroad to open bank accounts.

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