Erasmus Staff Mobility

Staff Mobility with Erasmus

The ERASMUS programme gives university staff the opportunity to spend a short period of time teaching or working in one of our partner Universities.

Opportunities for staff under the Erasmus programme:

  • Academic Staff Mobility to partner Universities
  • Staff Training in partner Universities (open to all staff)
  • Staff Training in Enterprises in participating countries (open to all staff)
  • Staff from enterprises in Europe can be invited to teach in Swansea
  • Academic (Teaching) Staff Mobility
  • Teaching Staff Mobility can occur between Higher Education Institutions which hold an Erasmus University Charter.

When planning an Erasmus Teacher Mobility visit it is important to ensure that the planned activities include one or more of the following:

  • The visiting teacher’s contribution will form an integral part of the receiving university’s degree programme 
  • The mobility activities will contribute to the production of new teaching material
  • The participation of the teacher will help to strengthen relations between the sending and the receiving universities’ departments and faculties, and will help prepare future cooperation.

Staff Training in Partner University (Open to all staff)
Swansea staff can spend a short period of time working in one of our partner Universities in Europe. The scheme allows staff from  This can either be an arrangement made by individuals, or staff can apply to attend one of the many open weeks organised by our partner universities. As with teaching staff mobility, this mobility can only occur between Univeristies holding a valid Erasmus University Charter.

Staff Training in a partner University or in a Business / Industry (Open to all staff)
Swansea staff can spend a short period of time undergoing training in a business or industry in Europe. The purpose is to allow staff to learn by transfer of knowledge or knowhow and to acquire practical skills. Formal periods of practical training, short secondments, etc should account for the majority of the activities carried out. In addition language training, seminars and workshops, courses and conferences can also form a part of this mobility.

How is it funded?

An Erasmus mobility grant is available towards the travel and subsistence costs of the teaching visit.
For the 2013/14 academic year a maximum of £421 is available to cover travel costs, in addition subsistence is also paid - rates depend on length of the teaching / training period and the country visited. More information is available on request, but as an example a 5 day  training stay in Spain with a day either side for travelling would receive subsistence funding up to a maximum of £797.00.

Where can I go?

For the list of current Erasmus partner Universities, click here, they are listed under the Europe section.
If you are interested in using an existing Erasmus link  or in developing a new  link under the Erasmus scheme, then please contact Carol Smith in the International Development Office on Ext 5944 or by email

Opportunities at Partner Universities in 2014:




Bella Manshian, College of Medicine

Bella Manshian, College of Medicine

“I had a wonderful experience on my Erasmus exchange to Ghent University in Belgium. It was very exciting for me because I got trained to use the Single Particle Tracking (SPT) microscopy instrument. SPT is a renowned microscopy technique, currently not available at Swansea University, which allows the study of the kinetics of nanoparticle entry, transport and exit from cells.

“Upon arrival at Ghent University, work was initiated on preparing the cells for treatment with the nanoparticles. This required approximately three to four days during which time I received training and held meetings with my collaborators, discussing possible future visits to Swansea. We also made plans to use the data generated to publish a joint paper and to apply for funding on a joint program. During this period, there was also be the opportunity for me to present to the group in Ghent some data on my research work, paving the way for further collaborations with different team members.

"I had a wonderful experience learning new techniques and meeting other scientists from a variety of disciplines and it has led to several publications and further work plans. I would encourage every staff member to have a similar experience at least once in their career.”

Neil Gaskin, International Student Advisory Service

Neil Gaskin, International Student Advisory Service

"I attended an International Staff Week hosted by Freie Universitat Berlin in Germany. The focus of the staff week was to learn about exchange programmes and how they can act as core elements for Internationalisation in Higher Education. Typical activities during the week included a series of presentations and discussions led by members of staff from Freie Universitat Berlin. In addition, members of staff attending the conference were encouraged to present on the international activity within their institution. 

It was reassuring to hear that so many student support activities that we provide at Swansea University are replicated by so many other universities across Europe. I got some good ideas for use of online tools and for how current students can help in orientating newly arrived students. 

I found the experience to be a wonderful opportunity to meet and share experiences with staff from right across Europe. Members of staff at Freie Universitat Berlin put a fantastic amount of work into organising a week long programme for over 50 people. I would definitely recommend this experience to others".