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Staff mobility

  • Did you know that there is funding available for staff to undertake international opportunities?
  • Available for training, teaching or research
  • Available to all staff - support and academic
  • An international opportunity can help develop personal and professional skills
  • It can help increase research collaborations and develop institutional links

For more information, see the tabs below.

You can also search for staff training opportunities at Universities across Europe through IMOTION

There are also many opportunities for students to study and work overseas, with support from the Centre for Global Programmes. Please encourage your students to find out more about the global experiences available to them:

Erasmus+ for staff

Erasmus+ staff mobility

The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work and offers great opportunities for academic and administrative staff at Higher Education Institutions to teach or train elsewhere in Europe.

Criteria, procedures and finance


Staff mobility under the Erasmus+ Scheme is open to all staff employed by the University of York.  Staff can carry out either teaching or training mobility, or a combined teaching/training programme.

Priority will be given to applicants who haven't been on an Erasmus+ mobility before and funding is only available for one teaching/training programme per year per applicant.

We are now considering applications for activities which will take place before 31st May 2020 on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, send a draft teaching/training programme to the Centre for Global Programmes ( at least 4 weeks before departure. 

The following criteria must be complied with:

Teaching mobility

  • Mobility for teaching may be from two days to two months, excluding travel time
  • At least eight hours of teaching per week, or part of a week must be delivered.
  • A current inter-institutional agreement must be in place between the University of York and the host institution.
  • Staff must demonstrate what the objectives, added value of the mobility, content of the teaching programme and expected results are.

Training mobility

  • Duration must be between two days and 2 months, excluding travel time.  
  • Training mobility can include -
    • Language training
    • Seminars/workshops
    • Courses
    • Short secondment period
    • Job-shadowing
    • Practical training

Please note a mobility to a conference is not eligible for funding.

Priority will be given to staff undertaking practical training, short secondments and job-shadowing.


Before your mobility:

  • Submit a detailed teaching/training programme to the Centre for Global Programmes at least 4 weeks before departure

Teaching Programme 2019/20 (MS Word , 71kb)

Notes for completing the Teaching programme document (MS Word , 71kb)

Training Programme 2019/20 (MS Word , 71kb)

Notes for completing the Training Programme document (MS Word , 70kb)

  • All teaching/training programmes should provide a breakdown of activities and schedule of work.
  • The Centre for Global Programmes will assess your programme in accordance with the criteria set by the British Council and notify you within two weeks of submission if your mobility has been approved.
  • Prior to departure the teaching/training programme should be agreed formally by the sending and host institution or enterprise.  All programmes will need to be approved and signed by the Institutional Erasmus Co-ordinator for the University of York.
  • Once your mobility has been approved by the Centre for Global Programmes you will be issued with a mobility grant agreement which will include the maximum amount of funding you are entitled to.  This will need to be signed and returned to the Centre for Global Programmes before your mobility takes place.
  • The Centre for Global Programmes will request confirmation from Human Resources that you will be an employee at the University of York when your mobility takes place.
  • Ensure that you follow the University of York Travel and Expenses Policy when making travel arrangements

Whilst you're there:

  • Keep all receipts; you will need to present these to your department to claim expenses against the appropriate departmental workorder code, and also provide copies to the Centre for Global Programmes alongside your Certificate of Attendance.  Please note that payment for any expenditure over the maximum allowance of your mobility grant agreement is at your department’s discretion. This cannot be covered by the Centre for Global Programmes.
  • Certificate of attendance.  The dates of the mobility should be clearly indicated and signed by the host institution/enterprise at the end of your mobility.  If your Certificate of Attendance shows a decrease in the number of days the Centre for Global Programmes will reduce your funding entitlement accordingly.  If you do not obtain a Certificate of Attendance then your mobility will not be eligible to receive any funding.

Certificate of Attendance Teaching 2019/20 (MS Word , 33kb)

Certificate of Attendance Training 2019-20 (MS Word , 33kb)

When you get back:

  • Submit the signed Certificate of Attendance to the Centre for Global Programmes no later than one month after your mobility.
  • Complete an online report for the British Council - they will email you directly with the link to this.
  • Submit expense claims to your department and provide copies of your travel tickets and receipts to the Centre for Global Programmes.


Once your teaching or training programme has been approved, the Centre for Global programmes will issue a grant agreement detailing the grant amount for travel and subsistence.

Please submit travel and subsistence expense claims with original receipts to your department - for further guidance please refer to the University travel and expenses policy.  Please also provide copies of your travel tickets and receipts to the Centre for Global Programmes. Grants for travel and subsistence will be paid for receipted expenditure within the total grant allowance to departmental workorders.


All staff undertaking a mobility are entitled to a travel grant, with the level of funding being based on a distance calculator.
Please ensure that you provide copies of travel tickets to the Centre for Global Programmes.


Staff subsistence allowances are calculated based on the number of days you are carrying out teaching/training on a mobility plus two travel days and the country of destination.  As a guide you can check the daily subsistence rates for your host country ‌Staff subsistence and travel rates 2019/20 (PDF , 380kb).  Please contact the Centre for Global Programmes for further advice regarding the amount of funding available for your proposed mobility.‌

Erasmus opportunities

Erasmus+ staff mobility opportunities

Staff can organise their own training mobilities, however we are often notified of staff training weeks taking place at institutions across Europe which we will advertise below. 

Staff training week - Aarhus University

'Mobility, Motivation and Employability' 2018 staff training week programme details:


Summer School 2019 teaching opportunities - Aarhus University

Opportunities to teach in the Departments of Business and Management at the 2018 Aarhus University Summer School:

Erasmus staff week - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

2019 programme details:


Erasmus staff mobility week - University of Bergen

2020 programme details:


International staff training week - Università di Bologna

2018 programme details:


International staff training week - University of Cyprus

2019 programme details:


Erasmus staff training week - University of Göttingen

2020 programme details:


Erasmus Staff Week - Graz University 

2019 programme details:


International staff exchange week - University of Helsinki

In 2019 there are International Staff Exchange Weeks available, for Admin staff, Library staff and International Student Mobility staff.

Programme details:

Erasmus staff week - University of Konstanz

2018 programme details:


Erasmus staff training week - University of Lausanne, Switzerland

2019 programme details:


Erasmus staff training week - University of Liège

2018 programme details:


Staff training week - University of Padua

2020 programme details:


International staff training week - Radboud University, the Netherlands

2019 programme details:


Erasmus staff mobility week - Sapienza University, Rome

2019 programme details: 

Librarian staff week -

Administrative staff week -


Erasmus staff training week - University of Trento

2019 programme details:


Erasmus staff training - Utrecht University

2019 Programme Details (PDF , 413kb)


Erasmus staff training - University of Vienna

2020 programme details:



Worldwide Staff Mobility

Staff mobility funding for training/research purposes    

The Centre for Global Programmes have of funding available to support the travel costs of University of York staff wishing to participate in staff development for professional purposes, for a period of not less than two weeks.

There is a maximum of £500 available per application. This opportunity seeks to promote career development opportunities as well as furthering effective research, teaching and other links.

Criteria for applications is as follows:

  • evidence of a strategic link to the host university (ie building on established links or proof of compatibility with departmental plan)
  • evidence that the link will be long term and sustainable with examples of how this relationship will be maintained
  • no other funding available eg WUN, Erasmus or GCRF (does not include departmental funding)*
  • evidence of departmental contribution and Head of Department support (a supporting letter from HoD is required)

List of preferred partners:

USA & Canada:

  • Michigan State University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Drexel University
  • University of Toronto
  • University of British Columbia

Japan, Singapore and Russia

  • Tohoku University 
  • Tokyo University of Technology
  • Nanyang Technological University

Applications to other institutions/countries will be considered. Funding is only available for one mobility per year per member of staff.

*please see the following web pages for further information

Types of mobility can include:

  • Seminars/workshops designed to establish institutional links
  • Courses
  • Short secondment period
  • Job-shadowing
  • Practical training
  • Research visits
  • Visits to establish teaching links

How to apply

Applications for the 2019/20 academic year can be be submitted using the Worldwide Staff Mobility Staff Application Form and Workplan 2019-20.

An example of the application questions can be seen here Staff mobility application example pdf (PDF , 484kb)

A statement of support from Line Managers/Heads of Department should be emailed to 

Applications are open to all permanent University of York staff, academic and support services. 

Of particular interest will be well-considered proposals which:

  • reflect the teaching, research or administrative objectives and priorities of the department and/or the University
  • offer real and enduring benefit to the individual and department concerned
  • contribute to the development of a longer term relationship with the host department or unit and with the host institution

Once funding is agreed

Before you go – provide a workorder to the Centre for Global Programmes so that funds can be transferred to departmental account.

Upon return from visit/project – within 4 weeks of your return, you are required to complete this report including a breakdown of costs and copies of receipts for items over £100. You are also required to submit four high quality photographs of your trip. 

Research Mobility

‌Research Mobility Programme

The Research Mobility Programme (RMP) is an opportunity for staff or postgraduate researchers in any academic discipline to bid for funding to visit any Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) international partner. The visit can be anything from a week to 6 months duration. Find out more:

Policies and Procedures

Development of Exchanges

In general, the University is happy for departments to establish bilateral and exchange agreements with suitable partner institutions overseas where it is felt that these contribute to the department’s overall objectives in teaching and research (‘suitable’ in this context means providing a good match for York in overall quality and standing.) The key thing is that there should be a genuine commitment on the part of the department to make the agreement work in practice.

Please read the "Approval of Study Abroad Partners" section of the Policy Statement on Study Abroad before completing the relevant checklist and returning it to the Centre for Global Programmes.

New exchanges checklist - Departmental (MS Word , 62kb)

New exchanges checklist - Institutional (MS Word , 44kb)

New exchanges checklist - Staff Mobility (MS Word , 39kb)

Erasmus - return to Martha Harrold at

Worldwide - return to Carol Feasby at

Visiting Student Procedures

Policy Statement on Visiting Students (MS Word , 34kb), is the definitive document on the visiting student process and should be read in conjunction with the attached annexes.

ANNEX I Guidelines for the Visiting Student Programme (MS Word , 41kb)

ANNEX II Responsibilities of the parties involved in SA (MS Word , 29kb)

ANNEX III Categories of Students (MS Word  , 16kb)

ANNEX IV - VI Module choice form, Fee chart, Centre for Lifelong Learning (MS Word , 33kb)