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Staff exchange opportunities

A range of opportunities are available to staff from the University of Southampton and from our Exchange partner institutions.

Staff from other institutions

University of Southampton staff

Training and Teaching visits

If your institution has an Exchange agreement with us, and you would like to make a teaching visit or have any specific queries about your exchange activities please contact the Exchange Co-ordinator in the appropriate Academic Grouping. For any general queries please contact the International Office.

If you would like to set up a new Exchange bilateral agreement with the University of Southampton, please contact the International Office with details of your institution, the kind of activities you are interested in and in which subject areas. Alternatively contact the Exchange Co-ordinator in the appropriate Academic Unit.

Establishing a new Erasmus Link

A procedure for setting up new Erasmus links with partner institutions was established to encourage a consistent approach throughout the University for establishing actively used partnership links and ensuring the quality and standard of placement learning. It relates specifically to new links, not to those existing agreements which are renewed on an annual basis.

Staff from European Erasmus partner institutions

If your institution has an Erasmus agreement with us, and you would like to make a teaching visit or have any specific queries about your exchange activities please contact the Erasmus Co-ordinator in the appropriate Academic School. For any general queries please contact the International Office.

Staff from other institutions

If you would like to set up a new Erasmus bilateral agreement with the University of Southampton, please contact the International Office with details of your institution, the kind of Erasmus activities you are interested in and in which subject areas. Alternatively contact the Erasmus Co-ordinator in the appropriate Faculty or Academic Unit.

University-Wide Agreements

University-Wide Exchange programmes are open to students of any academic discipline (level of study is dependent on the agreement). See a full up-to-date list of who these partners by country and discipline on our Exchange Partners page.
Nominations will be reviewed by the International Office in order to fairly allocate places. Process documents and other document templates are all available on the outgoing staff Blackboard module.
All enquiries about this process can be directed to Ruth Law on R.Law@soton.ac.uk.

The Erasmus+ Programme

Funding programmes run by the European Commission in the area of education, training, youth and sport, such as the Lifelong Learning Programme, Youth in Action and other international programmes, ceased at the end of 2013. A new programme, called Erasmus+, began on 1 January 2014.
The Erasmus+ programme is intended to support activities in education, training, youth and sport in all sectors of lifelong learning (Higher Education, Further Education, adult education, schools, youth activities etc). For more information on Erasmus+ go to the new interim website http://www.erasmusplus.org.uk.

Get involved

We have a mailing list for all staff involved in Erasmus. Please contact us at erasmus@soton.ac.uk if you would like to be added.
To find out:
- If your academic unit already participates in the Erasmus scheme, check our list of current Erasmus co-ordinators.
- The International Office contacts for Erasmus
- The Erasmus partners in your academic unit

Funding is available for a wide variety of activities to support participating staff and students, including:
Promotional events
Teaching visits (only if a bilateral agreement is in place) - see our website
Training visits - see our website and also a new EU website with information on staff training opportunities across Europe: http://staffmobility.eu/

Monitoring visits - for visiting existing partner.

Preparatory visits - for making contact with a potential new partner.

If you would like to apply for funding for a Monitoring or Preparatory visit, you need to complete a visit proposal form.  This needs to be signed by your Erasmus co-ordinator or line manager and then emailed to erasmus@soton.ac.uk 

Please note that we are not able to pay expenses in advance of your visit.

Staff Teaching Visits

This information note provides details about funding for teaching visits to organisations in Europe as a part of the Erasmus+ programme.

Funding is available to support teaching visits to partner universities with whom the University of Southampton has a bilateral agreement under the Erasmus+ programme. The mobility grant is for the benefit of individual eligible teachers, and is a contribution towards the additional mobility costs associated with travelling abroad. The grant may therefore not cover the full cost of the teaching visit, and a contribution towards the cost of the visit may also need to be made by the academic department. University employees are covered by the University’s main insurance policy when undertaking mobility activities.

Staff Eligibility – who can be awarded a teaching mobility grant?

To be eligible for a teaching mobility grant a member of staff must:

- be employed by a higher education institution that holds an Erasmus University Charter

- sign a grant agreement and a mobility agreement endorsed by both sending and receiving institutions before the visit

- complete the full visit period

- submit confirmation of the visit and an online survey

Eligible Activity – what can take place?

-Teaching visits can only take place to partner universities with whom your academic department has a current Erasmus bilateral agreement which includes a teaching exchange. Check the list of Erasmus agreements for your subject - those with teaching exchanges will show the letter (S) after the name of the partner.

- The visiting teacher’s contributions must be an integral part of a degree/diploma programme at the host institution.

- In order to make a worthwhile contribution to the partner’s programme, the recommended minimum duration for teaching assignments is 2 days. The maximum is 2 months. Teaching activity must be for a minimum of 8 hours.

Staff Training Visits

This information note provides details about funding for training visits to organisations in Europe as a part of the Erasmus+ scheme.

  • Funding is available within the Erasmus+ programme to support training visits within Europe for all University staff - teaching and non-teaching - and also staff from a European enterprise with close links to the University. Training may involve three kinds of mobility: 1. University staff visiting an enterprise - the purpose is to learn by transfer of knowledge or knowhow and to acquire practical skills 2. University administrative and other non-teaching staff visiting a partner higher education institution. The purpose is for staff to learn from the experience and good practice of a partner institution and to improve current job skills. 3. University teaching staff visiting a partner higher education institution for training purposes as above (non-teaching).
  • The mobility grant is for the benefit of individual eligible staff, and is a contribution towards the additional mobility costs associated with travelling abroad. The grant may therefore not cover the full cost of the training visit, and a contribution towards the cost of the visit may also need to be made by the academic department. University employees are covered by the University’s main insurance policy when undertaking mobility activities.

Staff Eligibility –who can be awarded a training mobility grant?

To be eligible for a training mobility grant a member of staff must:

 

- be employed by a higher education institution that holds an Erasmus University Charter

- sign a grant agreement and a mobility agreement endorsed by both sending and receiving institutions before the visit

- complete the full visit period

- submit confirmation of the visit and an online survey

Eligible Activity - what can take place?

  • Formal periods of practical training, job shadowing or short secondments should account for the majority of the placements carried out. Other minor activities may include language training, seminars, workshops, courses and conferences.
  • The minimum duration for training visits is 2 days and the maximum is 2 months.

Further information on how to apply can be found on Blackboard

Contact the team for more information

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