Faculty mobility

The University supports an ongoing programme of faculty mobility between Swansea and its Texas partner universities.

Supported by dedicated funding such as Erasmus+ staff mobility awards and the University's Texas Collaboration Funding Awards, the University has been able to support a significant number of faculty visits and deliver an extensive programme of guest lectures, in both Swansea and Texas.

Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Grants: OUTBOUND

For 2017/18 Swansea University is offering 4 Erasmus+ staff mobility grants for Swansea University academic staff to undertake short teaching visits to selected Texas partner universities:

  • Grants comprise €820 for travel and €160/day for subsistence and are available to support short teaching visits to the following Texas partner universities: The University of Texas at Austin, Rice University, The University of Houston and Texas A&M University
  • Funds are available to support visits of up to 11 days (two of which will be travel days). 
  • The duration of the visit to the partner university may exceed 11 days, but the award value and teaching commitment remain unchanged. 
  • Visits can be a shorter duration but must comprise a minimum of 5 working days.
  • Recipients are required to deliver 8 hours of teaching per week to students at the partner university during the visit. For visits exceeding one week, the teaching requirement will be calculated on a pro rata basis.
  • Recipients are expected to use the non-teaching time in Texas to explore and develop new collaborations in research, teaching and/or student exchange with the host institution. Recipients will be required to submit a report following their visit.
  • Visits may take place at any time but must be completed by 31st May 2018.
  • Closing date for applications: 9th December 2016
  • Contact for enquiries: Caroline Coleman-Davies

FURTHER INFORMATION:  Erasmus+ Texas Staff Mobility 2017-18 OUTBOUND Terms & Conditions   

APPLICATION: Download the Erasmus+ Texas Staff Mobility 2017-18 OUTBOUND Application Form  

Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Grants: INBOUND

For 2017/18 Swansea University is offering 2 Erasmus+ staff mobility grants for for faculty from Texas Strategic Partnership universities to undertake short teaching visits to Swansea University:

  • Grants comprise €820 for travel and €160/day for subsistence and are available to support short teaching visits to Swansea University from faculty from Texas Strategic Partner institutions.
  • Funds are available to support visits of up to 11 days (two of which will be travel days). 
  • The duration of the visit to Swansea University may exceed 11 days, but the award value and teaching commitment remain unchanged. 
  • Visits can be a shorter duration but must comprise a minimum of 5 working days.
  • Recipients are required to deliver 8 hours of teaching per week to students at Swansea University during the visit. For visits exceeding one week, the teaching requirement will be calculated on a pro rata basis.
  • Visits may take place at any time but must be completed by 31st May 2018.
  • In advance of submitting an application, applicants should identify a relevant host College, Department or subject area at Swansea University with whom they will agree the timing and details of their visit.  An invitation letter from the host College or Department will need to be submitted with the application. Prospective applicants requiring assistance with identifying a suitable host College, Department or subject area at Swansea University should contact Dr Caroline Coleman-Davies for assistance.
  • Application closing date: 15th January 2017.
  • Contact for enquiries: Caroline Coleman-Davies  

FURTHER INFORMATION Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Texas INBOUND 2017-18 Terms & Conditions

TO APPLY: Download  Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Texas INBOUND 2017-18 Application Form

Funding for Faculty Mobility: Texas Collaboration Funding Awards

Each year the Texas Strategic Partnership makes available funds to support Swansea University academic staff in the development of new collaborative activities in Texas.

A number of awards of up to £2,000 each are offered to assist with travel costs to Texas for the purpose of developing new collaborative activity in one (or more) of the following areas:

  • Collaborative research
  • Teaching collaboration
  • Student exchange

Offered for the first time in 2015, awards have been made in Engineering, Computer Science, Politics, Business Management, Medicine and Health Science. Read about some of the collaborations they have supported here.

Information about the 2016/17 awards will be posted in due course. 

Swansea University Guest lectures: UT Austin

  • Black Skin, Blue Books: Frederick Douglass, Wales and Transatlantic Abolitionism Prof Daniel Williams
  • Research as Art – Conveying the Beauty, Complexity, and Humanity of Research Dr Richard Johnston
  • Sea-Level Rise from Glaciers and Ice Sheets Professor Tavi Murray
  • Where has all the Antimatter gone? Swansea University and the ALPHA Experiment at CERN Professor Niels Madsen
  • Public History Careers: An International Perspective Dr Catherine Fletcher  
  • Federalism, Decentralisation and the Implications of the Scottish Referendum Rt. Hon. Rhodri Morgan 
  • Cultural Property Protection and Military Necessity at a Crossroads? The ‘Monuments Men’ and the Allied Bombing of Pompeii in 1943 Dr Nigel Pollard 
  • St Francis and the Sultan: A Starting Point for Middle-East reconciliation? A Multidisciplinary Research Project  D.J.Britton   

Swansea University Guest lectures: Texas A&M University

  • Cultural Property Protection and Military Necessity at a Crossroads? The ‘Monuments Men’ and the Allied Bombing of Pompeii in 1943 Dr Nigel Pollard
  • One Jump ahead: The Application of Hawkes processes in Finance Dr Maggie Chen
  • St Francis and the Sultan: A Starting Point for Middle-East reconciliation? D.J.Britton
  • Up to Speed’ : The 1000mph World Land Speed Record – Swansea University and the Bloodhound Project Dr Ben Evans

Swansea University Guest lectures: University of Houston

  • Alzheimer's Disease: Beyond Memory Professor Andrea Tales 
  • Dylan Thomas in the American Century Professor Daniel Williams 
  • Future Buildings: Delivering Clean Renewable Energy from the Built Environment Prof David Worsley
  • Sleep on it: The Benefits of Sleep for Memory Prof Mark Blagrove
  • The Significance of Dylan Thomas Prof John Goodby
  • Visual Analytics for Big Video Visualization Dr Robert S. Laramee
  • Wales and Social Rights: Developing the First Children’s Rights Law in the World Rt. Hon. Rhodri Morgan
  • What can Trendy Transducers, Vivid Visualisations and Fundamental Physics tell us about Wild Animals and People? Prof Rory Wilson
  • Children and Young People Seeking Asylum in the UK. A Brief Overview of the Policy and Social Welfare Response, and of Children’s Experiences Dr Tracey Maegusuku-Hewett 
  • Single Cell Analysis of Dose-Response of Therapeutics Professor Paul Rees 
  • Wales and Social Rights: Developing the First Children’s Rights Law in the World Rt. Hon. Rhodri Morgan 

Guest lectures at Swansea University

  • Adolescents with Serious Mental Illnesses: Improving Treatment Adherence and Service Utilization Dr Robin Gearing (Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston)
  • Antimicrobial Peptides: Innate Defence Against Ocular Surface Pathogens and Potential Therapeutic Uses Professor Alison McDermott (College of Optometry, University of Houston)
  • Mental Health Disorders and Treating Depression through Acupuncture Professor Patrick Leung (Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston)
  • Preparing Youth for Civic Participation: Opportunities for Educators Dr Suzanne Pritzker (Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston)
  • Recovering the Written Legacy of Suppressed Languages and Cultures Professor Nicolas Kanellos (Department of Hispanic Studies, University of Houston)
  • Smart Materials and Applications in Aerospace Professor Gangbing Song (College of Engineering, University of Houston)

Guest lectures at Swansea University

  • The Growing Role of Immigration Law in Universal Higher Education: Case Studies of the United States and the EU Professor Michael Olivas (Law Center, University of Houston)
  • The Use of Storytelling in Academic Healthcare Bernard Robin (College of Education, University of Houston)
  • The Valve Interstitial Cell: From Cellular Biophysics to Surgical Repair Prof Michael Sacks, (Institute for Computational Engineering & Sciences, University of Texas at Austin)
  • Understanding and Addressing the Unique Needs and Rights of Immigrant Children in the Child Welfare System Professor Alan Dettlaff (Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston) 
  • Undocumented Children and Families Across the Southern Border of the United States Ann E. Webb (Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston)
Prof Nicolas Kanellos
Dr Helen Valier
Prof Patrick Leung
Prof Michael Olias