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Erasmus+ is not just for students. All Aston staff members are able to participate in the scheme and there are a variety of projects to choose from:

Key Action 103 (Mobility of Individuals Programme Countries)

Under this key action there are two types of opportunities available for staff members to travel to a programme country. Your chosen country must be within the Erasmus+ Programme network (you can view the list here). Staff members can teach or train for a minimum of 2 days and maximum of 2months, and the requirements for both are as follows

Staff training (available to all contracted staff members):

•    Can be a University or organisation.
•    Can include job shadowing, knowledge sharing, potential partner meetings, workshops.
•    Does not include conferences.

Staff teaching (available to all contracted academic staff members):

•    Must be a partner institution with which we have an Inter Institutional Agreement (you can check this here).
•    Must involve at least 8 hours teaching per week (proportional scale for shorter visits).

To find out more about the scheme, check your eligibility or apply, please contact the International Office on erasmus@aston.ac.uk. Please note all applicants must have the approval of their Line Manager.

Key Action 107 (Mobility of Individuals Partner Countries)

This key action is referred to as ‘International Credit Mobility’, which enables mobility to and from partner countries (outside of the EU). A list of which can be found here under Partner Countries. To date, successful projects have included activity relating to student exchange, partnership/network strengthening, research collaboration and staff teaching. Aston has been successfully funded for mobility to and from:  Brazil, India, Israel, Palestine, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. There is a detailed application for such activity, which is circulated once a year (next deadline Feb 2018). To find out more please contact erasmus@aston.ac.uk.

Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation & Exchange of Good Practices

This key action is focused around institutions/organisations working together to share knowledge and best practise with the aim of improving provisions. This can range from technology advancements, or research into provisions for refugees. For further information on KA2 please see the website or contact Paul Knobbs on p.r.knobbs@aston.ac.uk to discuss your ideas further.

Key Action 3: Support for Policy Reform

This key action covers a broader area, looking at improvements to education and training systems. Under Key Action 3, the Erasmus+ Programme will fund strategic activities supporting policy reform across the EU in education, training and youth. For further information on KA2 please see the website or contact Paul Knobbs on p.r.knobbs@aston.ac.uk to discuss your ideas further.

Further information on all Key Actions can be found here.

Why did you get involved in Erasmus+?

To gain a better understanding of how our Partner University and other Universities, promote and support the study abroad/student exchange programme. This would then inform the way our own institution promotes study abroad and the systems and practices we have in place. To learn more about the Partner University, in order to promote the benefits to students and encourage participation. To support our existing relationship with the Partner University and help strengthen it. I also aimed to grow my network of contacts at Universities from across Europe, to establish new partnerships.

What have been the main benefits of the scheme? (Erasmus+ KA103)

“I feel the mobility opportunity allowed me to develop my knowledge of the Partner University and other Universities in Europe that we are not currently partnered with. It gave me the opportunity to share what Aston do in terms of attracting students to study abroad, the application and selection process. During the sharing of ideas and best practices, I was also able to identify processes and tools that other Universities use that could benefit Aston.
For my own personal development, I believe I have strengthened my networking skills and my awareness and appreciation of other cultures and how to promote this to students. I now have a better understanding of the exchange/study abroad process and problem areas Aston has that others share”

Nicola Machin, Careers + Placements, Vienna University of Economics and Business (staff training).