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International Mobility Programmes for Staff

International Mobility Programmes for Staff: Erasmus+ and Santander Universities Network grants

The Current Staff Mobility programmes within Northumbria University are detailed within the banners below;

Erasmus+ Staff International Mobility Programme

Erasmus+ offers professional development opportunities for academic and professional services staff to improve the skills required for their current job by participating in training at a partner institution in Europe. The two opportunities available for staff are:

  • Staff teaching mobility: for academic members of staff
  • Staff training mobility: for all members of staff

As well as benefiting the individual’s professional development, Erasmus+ Staff Mobility is intended to contribute to the wider internationalisation and modernisation strategies of the home university.

  1. 1.       Staff teaching programme

This is an opportunity for academic staff to teach at a partner institution in one of the 30 participating countries in Europe. These short visits allow staff to:

  • share best practice,
  • find out first-hand the workings of another European education system and
  • contribute to teaching a course with European colleagues.

The main purpose of the visit should be for teaching and not research.

Teaching mobility MUST take place with an existing partner University.


-          Academic staff should seek approval from their line manager in the first instance. Final sign-off from the Faculty Head of International Development will be needed for application submission.

-          The minimum number of hours to be taught per week (or part week) is 8.

-          Visits must be a minimum of 2 days and a maximum of 2 weeks.

-          Academic members of staff must submit a proposed teaching plan, which should include: number of lectures or seminars, hours to be taught, level of tuition (UG, PG, etc.), module title, lesson plan, etc.

-          Staff members are expected to include additional activities to be carried out during the mobility, such as: educational visits, visits to potential partners in the area, meetings with existing partners or academic departments, meetings with Northumbria students, development of new mobility opportunities for students (study or work placements), etc.  Staff are expected to contact the International Development Office before application to see if there are Northumbria students currently studying at University at which they plan to teach.

  1. 2.       Staff training programme

All staff, administrative, technical, academic staff etc are able to participate in training mobility opportunities at partner universities in Europe.

Training may take the form of:

  • A short secondment period
  • Job-shadowing
  • Attendance at workshops or courses
  • Attendance at a staff training week - these are highly recommended as they provide a structured schedule and provide the added benefit of being attended by international colleagues from around the world

The training programme could be built around:

  • The transfer of knowledge and good practice
  • Learning from shared experience
  • Acquiring new practical skills
  • The discovery of new ideas for teaching and learning

Please note that attendance at conferences cannot be undertaken as part of the Erasmus+ Staff Training programme.

 Visits must be a minimum of 2 days and a maximum of 1 week.

Our partners

For a full list of partners please go to our staff mobility map here:

The most useful resource to identify available planned training weeks is on the iMotion Erasmus Staff Training website:


The Erasmus+ programme and the European Commission set fixed rates for travel and subsistence. Any costs above these must be covered by the Faculty or Service budget.

-        For 2018/19 the Erasmus+ travel grant will be calculated by distance, using the European Commission’s distance calculation tool ( – most EU travel from Newcastle will fall into the 500-1,999km band, which will allow €275 per participant.

-        Overnight hotel and subsistence rates will be paid at the British Council’s rates below.

-        Subsistence will normally be calculated for the number of teaching days plus one travel day.

Receiving country

Hotel & subsistence amount per day in EUR

 Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom €180

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain


Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Lithuania, , Macedonia, Poland, Romania, , Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey


Please remember that these are the maximum grants available and anything over these amounts must be covered by Faculty funding, so you must ensure you have Faculty Head of International Development approval for any additional costs before applying.

Application Process and Deadlines

In order to apply for a staff mobility programme, please download the appropriate form below and submit to 

Any enquiries about the Programme should be directed to the Exchanges & Study Abroad team:

Application for Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility Grant

Application for Erasmus+ Training Mobility Grant

*Please keep in mind that all applications must be discussed and approved by the line manager and Faculty Head of International Develoment or Head of Department (for support staff) before submission.

The deadline for the first call for applications is Friday 19th October 2018 and successful applicants will be notified by Friday 26th October 2018.  Should there be funding remaining after the first call, a second call will go out in December 2018.

Northumbria - Santander Scholarships - International research mobility grants for students and staff

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What are Santander mobility grants?

The mobility grants are awards up to the value of £1,000 for researchers and research students. They aim to encourage research collaborations with institutions in the Santander Universities Network.

Grants are used to pay for travel and accommodation of inbound or outbound visits.

Which universities can I visit?

The grant covers research collaboration with universities that are part of the Santander Universities network only (for more information please visit the Santander Universities website). Here is a list of current Northumbria partners who are Santander University partners:


Estácio de Sá University


Universidade de Sao Paulo


Universidade Estadual de Campinas


Universidade Federal de Pernambuco


Universidad de Chile


Universidad Finis Terrae


Universidad de Los Andes


Benemérita Universidad De Puebla (BUAP)


Fundacion Beca


Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco


Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)


Universidad Catolica del Uruguay

What costs can this grant cover?
The grant is to cover travel or subsistence for the traveller. There is no length requirement and the additional costs must be covered by personal funding. The agreement with Santander only allows £1,000 per participant.

We would advise you to contact partners in the universities above to discuss potential research projects and secure a visit with the relevant member of staff. Some partners assist with some costs, such as subsistence or meals, but this is not guaranteed.

What are the requirements?

Applications are open to all staff and research students from Northumbria University.

Applicants should demonstrate how the visit will benefit their research/education and in turn how this will benefit others at Northumbria and the partner university.   Applicants should also highlight how they will further strengthen and support the development of a strong partnership in the country of destination.

Recipients will be required to submit a short impact report within four weeks of their return and become and active member of the Northumbria University international research network.  

How can I apply?

Please fill in the application form at the link here and submit to International Development:

The application must be approved by the research supervisor or line manager.

What are the deadlines?

Application deadline- 31 March 2018

Travel deadline- 30 September 2018

Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact Alejandra Vicencio, International Partnerships Manager, for further questions or a discussion about your travel proposal:

Success Stories

Essay on the successful staff mobility visit of Dr Petr Andreas from Charles University in the Czech Republic to Northumbria University in December 2015

Emma Butterworth - BSc Biomedical Sciences 

9-month Research Laboratory Placement at Universidad Estacio de Sa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2017-18 Academic Year 


 Why did you decide to apply?

The email sent round (about Santander funding) showing us what the placement entailed really interested me. I’ve always wanted to go into research and this opportunity looked so unique and once in a life time. I didn’t want to miss it.

What was the best part of your experience?

The lifestyle has always been amazing. Rio is definitely now one of my favourite cities. There are so many international students in Rio that it’s impossible not to make friends.

How did you find the application process?

The application process was fairly straight forward, speaking to Christiano (my supervisor) for a skype interview was quite strange knowing he was on the other side of the world. I think the most stressful thing was preparing everything for my visa!

Did you find your experience rewarding? Why?

I have genuinely had one of the best years of my life here. Living away from home for a long period of time was daunting, but it has been so worth it. I have learnt so much here, not only have I learnt lots about the Brazilian culture, I have met lifelong friends from across Europe

What additional activities came up from your trip?

I have travelled a bit around Rio and I plan to go to Iguazu with my family in April! I was lucky enough to be in Rio for the carnival, which was an amazing experience and something that I will always remember. Living in Rio with lots of students means there’s a lot of parties, the nightlife is definitely a contender to be the best, alongside Newcastle

If you could offer some advice to other applicants, what would you say?

I would say, don’t miss this opportunity! I have had such a unique experience and I have loved every minute. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me.

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