Through the Erasmus programme the University receives funding to support staff in undertaking training opportunities, offering the chance to share good practice, acquire practical skills and discover new ways of working.
All staff across the collegiate University are eligible to apply for Erasmus+ funding. Staff can participate in a pre-arranged Staff training week or can organise their own activity with a relevant organisation or colleague. Upcoming staff training weeks include:
|Staff Training week subject area||Host Institution||Country||Dates||Application Deadline|
|Saimaa Calling – International week “Creating truly international higher education communities”||Saimaa University of Applied Sciences||Finland||1-5th October 2018||9th September 2018|
|Framing International in Digital Format||Gheorghe Asachi technical University of Iasi||Romania||8-12th October 2018||25th September 2018|
|International Staff Training Week: Boosting Internationalization in HEIs||Instituto Superior Tecnico - Tecnico Lisboa||Portugal||8-12th October 2018||15th September 2018|
|International Staff Week - Internationalization and Management of European Educational Projects||Universita Degli Studi di Perugia||Italy||15-19th October 2018||24th September 2018|
|International Staff Training Week||Fachhochschule Dortmund||Germany||15-19th October 2018||14th September 2018|
|Training and job shadowing for administrative staff||Universitat Politecnica de Valencia||Spain||10-14th December 2018||19th November 2018|
|Training and job shadowing for support services staff||Universitat Politecnica de Valencia||Spain||8-12th April 2019||18th March 2019|
Further opportunities can be found through the staff training week search tool.
Training may be in the form of job shadowing, observation, attendance at workshops or courses. A number of Universities offer specific staff training events, or staff can arrange their own training opportunity by approaching the institution of their choice. Please note, in general, conferences are not eligible for funding unless there is a training element.
The duration should be 2-7 days and must take place before the 30 September 2019 in another HEI or any other appropriate organisation in an eligible Erasmus country (see Appendix 1).
Priority is given to members of staff going abroad for the first time.
Grants for staff training are provided as a contribution towards subsistence and travel. These depend on the country visited, duration and distance travelled (see Appendix 1). Any additional costs for the trip must be paid by the staff member or department.
Supplementary allowances may also be available for staff with special needs.
All Erasmus funding is paid prior to the completion of the staff mobility period.
A host HEI for staff training does not need to have an inter-institutional agreement with the University of Oxford for a placement to take place.
It is the responsibility of the staff member to organise the proposed training period and to approach the proposed host institution/organisation, and a draft proposal must be agreed in advance of submitting an application. An example email to the host institution is attached as a guide (Appendix 2).
Staff members must have the approval of their line manager before making an application.
Specific grant documentation must be completed before the Erasmus funding is released.
Staff testimonials from 2017-18
''I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to undertake this visit and I would very much recommend the opportunity to others across the University''
''It was such a success that one of the people I shadowed is going to come back to Oxford in September to see what I do!''
''It was a great opportunity for both my personal and professional development, and one that I would highly recommend''
''Without the ERASMUS funding I would never have had the opportunity to obtain this tailor made training that was directly relevant to my role''
''a great development opportunity''
''In addition to all the hard work, I also had time to explore the beautiful city of Bonn and experience the culture''
''informative, busy and fun and I felt very privileged to have been given this opportunity''
Staff testimonials from 2016-17
''The week was busy, enjoyable and constructive, packed with various presentations and meetings but with just the right sprinkling of cultural activities to learn about a wonderful culture and city''
''We also explored the possibility of collaborative ventures in the near future''
''I knew the opportunity to spend a week networking and learning about university administration across Europe, would be a great development opportunity''
''The week was a great experience, and I would recommend this opportunity to staff across the university''
Staff testimonials from 2015-16
''I would definitely recommend people to apply for the Erasmus+ grant. The whole experience was very useful, we have nurtured close working relationships with the group and further we got to enjoy the beautiful city of Utrecht!''
''a fantastic opportunity''
''I strongly recommend the Erasmus+ programme to anyone interested in professional development as this international experience would add a new dimension to their careers and enrich their personal lives''
''The experience has helped me develop personally by boosting my confidence and having the opportunity to be an ambassador for the University''
''a great opportunity to step out of my day to day role''
''It was an amazing experience to understand university life in another country and one I would highly recommend''
''allowed me to expand my professional network''
''a very fruitful week at the University of Bonn in Germany''
''I was thankful for the opportunity to travel abroad to make new contacts for internships and learn good practise from colleagues in a similar field''
''added significant value to an ongoing project''
''beneficial to all''
Staff testimonials from 2014-15
''I am incredibly grateful to the University of Helsinki for such a well organised and informative week and to the University of Oxford’s Erasmus+ scheme for making it possible for me to attend''
''a unique and memorable experience''
''most important part of the week for me was the opportunity to share and learn with other delegates''
''explore the wonderful sites and culinary delights of the city''
''very relevant to my role''
''the opportunity to build a network of European colleagues''
''If you are nervous about going abroad or worried about foreign languages, the ISEW weeks are a really good option. The HRD staff at Helsinki are incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and generous and they should be proud of hosting such a fantastic staff week''
''The week was superbly organised''
''I learned so much and felt very much part of their team!''
How to apply
- Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis until 31 August 2019.
- Applications will be considered at monthly meetings held by the AAD Learning and Development Panel.
- All applicants will be informed of the outcome as soon as possible after the Panel has convened.