Staff Mobility with Erasmus

Erasmus+ programme and funding is subject to change and dependent on the details of the Brexit settlement negotiated by the UK government.

Through the ERASMUS + programme, Swansea University staff have the opportunity to participate in Teaching Staff Mobility or Staff Training Mobility. The International Development Office has been successful in its application for funding for the 2018/19 academic year and we are now inviting applications from staff to participate in the programme.

  • Minimum duration 2 days. Maximum duration 2 weeks excluding travel
  • Funding available: Travel and Subsistence elements of the grant will be provided calculated as per tables below
  • Actual costs can be reimbursed up to the maximums as per tables below, but are paid on the basis of receipted expenditure
  • Activity to be completed before 31st August 2019

Teaching Staff Mobility

  • Open to Academic Staff only
  • For teaching at another Higher Education Institution in a country participating in the Erasmus programme.
  • Letter of invitation from the host
  • Participants are required to deliver a minimum of 8 hours teaching per week (or part of week)

Staff Training Mobility

  • Open to all staff, Erasmus + training mobility periods support the professional development of HEI staff
  • Participating staff can receive training at another Higher Education Institution, company or organisation
  • Training events may be in the format of job shadowing, observation, attendance at workshops and courses, etc.
  • Conferences are NOT funded under the scheme
  • To search for staff training weeks you can look at the IMOTION website 

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for Erasmus staff mobility funding for activity to be carried out during the 2018/19 academic year, please complete the application form and submit by 31st October 2018. All applications will need to be endorsed by line managers before they are submitted.

In the event that we receive more applications than can be funded, in line with Erasmus National Agency guidelines, priority will be given to staff that have not accessed Erasmus funding in the past.

Additionally, colleges and administrative departments may be asked to prioritise applications from their staff. To download an application form, please follow the links below:

If your application is successful you will receive detailed correspondance in relation to the funding you will receive as well as the paperwork required. 

Funding Available

Erasmus+ provides funding for staff mobility as a grant contribution towards subsistence and travel.

  • Travel costs – related to the trip for example travel from Swansea to the host and back but NOT local travel
  • Subsistence costs –  hotel, food, local travel etc. The following cannot be claimed for: alcoholic drinks except where taken with a meal; drinks from a hotel mini bar; toiletries; newspapers; magazines; travel guides and any other item which is for personal use. 

Up to 2 travel days can be awared as a day's subsistence for staff travelling before and/or after the mobility. If there are training or teaching activities on the same day as travelling, you are not entitled to a travel day.

Please be aware that the expenses claims are subject to external Erasmus+ regulations as well as internal University regulations which can cause a delay in reimbursement.  

All payments may be subject to audit by the National Agency (The British Council) therefore it is essential the paperwork is completed in a timely manner and ideally handed in within a month after the mobility.  

Actual costs can be reimbursed up to the maximums listed in the tables below, but are paid on the basis of receipted expenditure.

+ Erasmus Financial Support Information

Leah Hewitt, International Development Office

In July 2018 Dyfan the Dragon and I packed our bags and headed off to take part in an International Staff week at the University of Porto.  

Everybody was really welcoming and the city was lovely. It was a great opportunity to share experiences with staff from other universities and see how the international office works in other institutions. We also had a range of presentations and got learn more about the potential for digitalisation with Erasmus+.  

I would definitely recommend that other staff members interested in expanding their knowledge of their area of work to take up these opportunities.

University of Porto

Mike Ward, College of Human & Health Sciences

I attended the School of Social Sciences, in the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Iceland from the 7th to the 11th May. I was provided with my own office for the week and the faculty’s staff made me feel very welcomed, taking me out for coffees, lunch and dinners to discuss our mutual research interests. I also met with staff from the Education school to discuss inequalities in Iceland’s education system.

Alongside this teaching and planning with Arnar, I gave a public talk on my research and my ten years of doing research on men and masculinities. Around 40 people turned up for the talk, which Arnar was very pleased with and he said it was a very good turnout for Iceland. A quick calculation means that this was 0.14% of the population, the equivalent of about 400 people in Wales!

The week also included an invite to the launch of a report on gender equality in the country. An after work champagne reception in a small downtown bar had been arranged with policy makers, academics and gender campaigners.

University of Iceland

Rhia Powell, Global Advancement

"The Erasmus International Staff Mobility week organised by the host institution; University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland was a fantastic experience and one I would highly recommend to others if given the opportunity. The highlights of the trip were the interactive workshops     from, ‘laughing yoga!’ to ‘knowledge marketplace’ , a crash course in Polish, exchanging ideas, networking and the opportunity to meet international students all the while spending time in a fantastic city, exploring the area and experiencing Polish culture.  The trip far      exceeded my expectations and I would recommend to anybody interested in expanded their knowledge of the international HE sector    and meet some great people!”

University of Katowice

Corinne Rees, International Development Office

In May 2015 I participated in the University of Granada's training week. The city was beautiful and everyone was so friendly and welcoming. During the week we had discussions, group work and presentations plus we had the opportunity to take part in organised activities and excursions. A night trip to the Alhambra was a highlight for me, it was stunning!

The training week was a fantastic way to meet colleagues from across Europe and beyond to share best practice, network and forge new links which our students can benefit from moving forward. I hope to be able to take part in a similar training week in the future. 

University of Granada

Kayleigh Hughes, Student Services

In April 2018 I took part in the International Staff Training Week for Support Services Staff at Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV).

We were divided into small work groups to take part in job shadowing sessions, training activities and coaching workshops. These were all    based around support service areas such as welcome services, facility management, post services, academic information, web resources, applied language and IT training.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and relished the opportunity of meeting so many wonderful people from other universities across the    UK and Europe. It was great to share our experiences.

I would definitely encourage other support service staff at Swansea to visit UPV.

Polytechnic University of Valencia