Erasmus logoErasmus+ provides funding opportunities for both academic and non-academic staff to visit a higher education institution in another participating country, in order to undertake a short teaching or training visit.

Applications for 2021/22 will open in May. Please email erasmus@abdn.ac.uk if you would like an email notifcation when applications open.

Please read through the options below for information, including application forms, staff testimonials and more. You can also view the slides from our last information session

NB Participation is subject to Covid-related travel restrictions being lifted for staff. Please check the Staffnet pages on Overseas Travel for more information.

Teaching

Staff Mobility - Teaching Visits

Erasmus offers academic staff the opportunity to teach at one of our European partners, with funding available towards travel costs and subsistence. An Erasmus Teaching Visit will allow you to:

  • get to know first-hand the workings of another European educational system
  • promote University of Aberdeen courses to European students
  • gain new ideas and discover best practices to take back to the UK
  • develop your international network
  • enhance your language skills and much more...

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must hold a contract of employment with the University.
  • Staff teaching mobility must be included in the bilateral agreement that we have signed with the institution concerned (this can be verified with the Erasmus Unit).
  • Applications will be forwarded to the relevant Head of School for approval - it is the participant's responsibility to ensure that appropriate cover for workload has been arranged.
  • Visits should be primarily for teaching and not research.
  • Visits must include a minimum of 8 hours teaching per week or part of a week - although staff are encouraged to engage in other activities whilst they are visiting, eg presentations about Aberdeen, discussing joint research etc.
  • Visits should be at least 2 working days and cannot exceed six weeks - due to competition for funding, a maximum of 5 working days is recommended.
  • Applications must be submitted in advance of visits taking place - retrospective applications will not be considered.

Important points to note

Priority will be given to:

  • staff who have not previously received funding
  • visits within the Aurora Universities Network (please note that visits to University of East Anglia are not eligible).

Where can I go?

Teaching visits must be to a partner university. To find out the available links for your subject area, click here, being sure to also check our general agreements under "All subjects". It is worth making informal contact with your academic counterpart at the prospective host university to check whether they would be open to a visit, before you complete the application. 

Read comments from previous participants on our Staff Profiles page below.

How to apply

Applications for 2021/22 will open in May.

We have two deadlines to be aware of:

  • 15 August 2021
    • for staff who have not previously received Erasmus funding
    • for staff whose visit is within the Aurora Universities Network 
    • for staff whose visit would take place before 31 Dec 2021
  • 15 November 2021
    • for all other staff

If you would like to note your interest or if you have any questions, please let us know by emailing erasmus@abdn.ac.uk.

Training

Staff Mobility - Training Visits

Erasmus offers academic and non-academic staff the opportunity to undertake a training visit a European HEI or other relevant organisation, with funding available towards travel costs and subsistence.

This can be in the form of: attendance at an organised Erasmus Staff Training week; job shadowing: attendance at a workshop; learning a new technique, eg a laboratory technique; or receiving specific skills training, eg curriculum design skills. Please note that attendance at a conference is not an eligible activity.

An Erasmus Training Visit will allow you to:

  • gain practical skills relevant for your current job and your future professional development
  • gain new ideas and discover best practices to take back to the UK
  • develop your international network
  • enhance your language skills and much more...

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must hold a contract of employment with the University.
  • Applications will be forwarded to the relevant Head of Section/School for approval - it is the participant's responsibility to ensure that appropriate cover for workload has been arranged
  • Visits should be primarily for training and not research
  • Visits should be at least two working days and cannot exceed 6 weeks - due to competition for funding, a maximum of 5 working days is recommended
  • Applications must be submitted in advance of visits taking place - retrospective applications will not be considered

Important points to note

Priority will be given to staff who have not previously received funding, and to visits within the Aurora Universities Network (please note that visits to University of East Anglia are not eligible).

Where can I go?

An organised staff week gives you the opportunity to learn from your host institution, as well as meet participants from other countries. It is worth investigating whether one of these would meet your needs, before looking at other options.

You can find details of staff training weeks at iMotion (please note that the quality of these can be variable - speak to the Erasmus Unit for advice).

You do not have to go to a partner institution, though this is often the best place to start. These are listed by department here.

Otherwise, you are free to craft your own bespoke training programme in any Erasmus Programme country.

Read comments from previous participants on our Staff Profiles page below.

How to apply

Applications for 2021/22 will open in May.

We have two deadlines to be aware of:

  • 15 August 2021
    • for staff who have not previously received Erasmus funding
    • for staff whose visit is within the Aurora Universities Network 
    • for staff whose visit would take place before 31 Dec 2021
       
  • 15 November 2021
    • for all other staff

If you would like to note your interest or if you have any questions, please let us know by emailing erasmus@abdn.ac.uk.

Staff profiles

Teaching

scuba diverProfessor Frithjof Kuepper
Marine Biology
Visited University of the Aegean, Greece

"A most rewarding, enriching experience. For the second time, we conducted an international field course in marine biology / phycology at the University of the Aegean in Mytilini (Lesvos, Greece). It was so well received that we are now trying to make it a regular part of the curriculum at both Aberdeen and Mytilini."

More details available here.

Dr Aileen Ackland
Education
Visited University of Jyväskylä, Finland

"My visit to Finland allowed me to learn a great deal about the Finnish education system but more than anything it gave me the distance to reflect on our own."

Dr Vasilis Louca
Biological Sciences
Visited University of Jyväskylä, Finland

"My Erasmus visit to the University of Jyväskylä, Finland has been a very rewarding experience, in terms of the development my teaching and getting experience teaching abroad. Furthermore, judging from the students’ evaluation of the course and my interactions with colleagues there, the course was well received and appreciated by all. I am certainly looking forward in going back there to teach again!"


Training

Mike McConnell
IT Services
Visited University of Bergen, Norway

"I went to the University of Bergen in May 2014 and met staff from universities all over Europe. It was a truly life-changing experience, both personally and professionally. I made friends for life; we are planning our first reunion this summer. I would recommend this experience to anyone working in higher education."

Susie Hastings
Research + Innovation
Visited University of Liege, Belgium

"I truly valued having the opportunity to meet with colleagues from across Europe to discuss matters of mutual concern in a University that can boast some exceptional best practice examples. Upon my return, I’ve been able to enact changes in how I work and provide support to colleagues, so the benefits have been more varied than I’d anticipated."

Zachary Hickman
Careers Service
Visited Masaryk University, Czech Republic

"The Masaryk University Staff Training (MUST) week was a fantastic opportunity to learn how other Careers Services operate and how we can share, adopt, and adapt best practice across a breadth or European Universities. This was the most relevant professional training programme I have attended. Long lasting relationships have been created, which I foresee will lead to positive and impactful collaborations in the future."

Turing Scheme

International Opportunities – from Erasmus to Turing

 

Between the UK Government’s announcement in December that the country would not participate in the next Erasmus Programme, and the launch of the new Turing Scheme in early March, there has been a proliferation of media coverage, both positive and negative, that distorts the reality of the situation. Here we seek to outline the main parameters of the Scheme and to address some common misconceptions.

 

What is the Turing Scheme?

 

Generally speaking, the Turing Scheme is being introduced to replace the UK's participation in the Erasmus Programme. The Scheme will be launched in 2021 for an initial funding period of September 2021 to August 2022. The Scheme offers funding to UK universities to support outgoing students on study exchange and work placements abroad. Disappointingly, there is no funding to support incoming students or incoming/outgoing staff under the Scheme, in contrast to the Erasmus Programme.

 

What are the common misconceptions?

 

1. That the UK is out of the Erasmus Programme effective immediately

 

FALSE – The UK continues to participate in ongoing projects that that are funding from the budget of the 2014-2020 Erasmus+ Programme. At University of Aberdeen, we have funded projects running until May 2023, which continue to provide funding for both student and staff exchange during academic years 2021/22 and 2022/23. NB Applications for Erasmus staff mobility during 2021/22 will open in May – details here.

 

2. That the Turing Scheme does not provide tuition fee support for students

 

FALSE – Tuition fees under the Turing Scheme are no different to tuition fees under the Erasmus Programme, or any other bilateral exchange for that matter. While Erasmus provides a framework for exchange that insists on reciprocal tuition fee waivers, these are also standard practice outside of Erasmus. All of our non-European exchanges also operate on this basis. Students continue to pay their tuition fees to Aberdeen (exact arrangements vary) and no tuition fees are payable at their host institution.

 

3. That the Turing Scheme does not provide travel support for students

 

FALSE – The Erasmus Programme did not provide travel support for students between Erasmus Programme countries, rather the funding was calculated according to a monthly grant rate depending on the cost of living in the host country, with a top-up for students from financially-disadvantaged backgrounds. The Turing Programme works on a similar basis, but includes an additional travel grant for financially-disadvantaged students, according to distance travelled.

 

Currently, the Go Abroad team is preparing the institutional application for Turing Scheme funding in 2021/22. We plan to run the Erasmus Programme and the Turing Scheme concurrently in 2021/22 and 2022/23, provided that our application for funding is successful. We will receive notification about this in July. We are instigating conversations with Schools about how the funding could enhance international opportunities for students, particularly beyond 2022/23.

 

If you have questions about the Turing Scheme, please contact Louisa Stratton, l.stratton@abdn.ac.uk

 

NB: The Go Abroad team has been attending regular briefings on the Turing Scheme by the Department for Education, Universities UK International, the British Council, the European Association for International Education (EAIE) and the Association of UK Higher Education European Officers (HEURO) to inform our position.