UoR Staff

The University actively encourages all forms of outgoing and incoming student and staff mobility, both within Europe as part of the Erasmus+ programme, and further afield as part of inter-institutional partnerships. 

Read our Outward Mobility Plan to find out more about our ambitions. 

Erasmus+ Staff Mobility

The Erasmus+ programme offers opportunities for all University of Reading staff to either teach or receive training at another institution / organisation in another participating European country, and can provide a financial contribution to cover the associated costs of travel and subsistence incurred.

The Erasmus+ programme can support your school’s international ambitions and activities, as well as participants’ personal and professional development.

The Erasmus+ Staff mobility programme has two streams:

  • Staff Teaching Mobility (STA)
  • Staff Training Mobility (STT)

Staff mobility at all levels is encouraged. 

Participating Countries

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey.

Switzerland is not currently an eligible destination.

Staff Teaching Mobility (STA)

Teaching at another European university provides an opportunity to:

  • Develop your international networks.
  • Increase your international collaboration.
  • Generate new ideas and best practice.
  • Enhance your personal and professional development.
  • Help increase your International profile and that of your School / the University of Reading.

Staff at Reading can visit and teach at a partner institution for between 2 days and 8 weeks (funds permitting) providing that a minimum of 8 hours of teaching takes place per week.

Teaching can be at UG, PG and Doctoral level and can involve lectures, seminars, PhD tutorials etc. Due to the reciprocal nature of the agreements you can also invite colleagues from partner institutions to come to Reading (funded by Erasmus+ via their university) and contribute to your degree programmes / curricula (i.e. internationalising your curricula).

Further information

If you would like more information:

  • Download: Staff Teaching Mobility (STA) Handbook which outlines the T&Cs of participation
  • Email: ESAO (studyabroad@reading.ac.uk ) 
  • Call us (Ext 8323)

How to apply

For transparency and fairness, all University of Reading members of staff interested in participating must submit an application, available upon request from ESAO (studyabroad@reading.ac.uk).

Application deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible – current deadline for applications is end of February 2019. Applications can be considered after this date only if there are funds available to distribute.

If demand exceeds our financial allocation, Erasmus+ funds will be allocated based on the priority list included in the Handbook.

Staff Training Mobility (STT)

Erasmus+ can provide funds to support University of Reading staff (academic and non-academic) to undertake short periods of training in Europe.

The basic premise is you learn from the experiences and best practice of another European institution / organisation through the transfer of knowledge and gain practical skills which can transfer back to your current job at Reading.

It can involve short secondments, job-shadowing, ‘study’ visits and practical training. Previous participants on the programme have included:

  • Job-shadowing at a partner institution
  • Attending Staff Mobility week on a particular topic
  • Inspection and knowledge transfer
  • A group visits to shadow practitioners
  • Sharing best practice
  • Lab Technician exchanges
  • Knowledge transfer for Teaching of languages


Colleagues can either:

  • Use existing networks and partnerships to find a host.
  • Search the EU website iMOTION to find an opportunity for an organised Training Event (searchable by topic, country, timing).
  • See if anyone has declared an interest in being Job Shadowed iMOTION (job shadowing).
  • Register your interest in Job Shadowing via iMOTION (register).
  • Make contact with ESAO (studyabroad@reading.ac.uk ) for suggestions.

If you would like more information about participating on the programme please either:

  • Download: STT Handbook which outlines the T&Cs of participation
  • Email ESAO (studyabroad@reading.ac.uk )
  • Call us and we can discuss what opportunities are available.

How to apply

For transparency and fairness, all University of Reading members of staff interested in participating must submit an application, available upon request from ESAO (studyabroad@reading.ac.uk).

Application deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Staff experiences of Erasmus+

Staff Mobility visit to Milan, Italy

“The aim of the trip was to visit various institutions in Milan and the surrounding area which hold similar special collections to University of Reading Special Collections. This was in order to provide members of staff with the opportunity to reflect on our procedures and assumptions in order to improve the service at the University of Reading.”

Archive & Library Team, UMASCS

Staff Mobility visit to Tübingen, Germany

“We were able to spend time with various tutors and the head of the school, and to observe classes at a variety of levels. On occasion we were allowed to join in! We were impressed by the teaching and by the friendly and welcoming atmosphere.”

Alison Fenner
German, English and Russian Co-ordinator, Institution Wide Language Programme

Staff Week on ‘Libraries ⇆ Research’ at Sapienza Università di Roma

“I now intend to follow up on some of the contacts I have made, to continue these fruitful discussions, share best practice and, in partnership with my European colleagues, collaborate further on developing mutually beneficial resources and the sharing of local initiatives in support of research at our respective institutions.”

Kerry Webb
Associate Director (Academic Liaison & Support), University of Reading Library

Staff Week on ‘The Secret of Innovative Partnerships’ at Tampere University of Applied Sciences in Finland

“The first session focused on our institutions’ general research themes and areas of interest, with the second and third sessions over the following two days looking at turning project ideas into viable working projects and boosting our international networks.”

Chris Bonham
Erasmus & Study Abroad Officer

Staff Week at Aarhus University in Denmark

“On top of the formal sessions there was plenty of networking and discussions with the 28 other participants from all over Europe, the USA, Peru, China and Japan. Each had their own stories, expertise, experience and opinions – I learnt something from everyone, in different ways.”

Marcus Dowse
Erasmus & Study Abroad Manager

Staff Week on ‘Internationalisation at Home’ at the University of Groningen

“By sharing effective, evidence-based practice, this staff week was invaluable, providing a new perspective and insight into this area. The week was beneficial not only for my own CPD, but, by contributing to the formation of my role as International Tutor, is likely to benefit PCLS as well.”

Dr Dan Jones
Lecturer, International Tutor and Study Abroad Coordinator in the School of Psychology & Clinical Languages 

Mobility Agreements

All student study mobility arrangements (lasting a term or longer) should take place under the auspices of a valid bilateral agreement between institutions and must receive formal approval before an agreement with the partner institution can be entered into.

It is strongly recommended that departments / schools considering entering into a new student or staff agreement contact the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office (studyabroad@reading.ac.uk) in order to discuss your options and for clarification of the process to be followed.

1. Student exchange partnership

Reading will send students abroad as well as receive students from partner institutions.

Proposals will usually be assessed by the Study Abroad Partnerships Committee, with department / schools informed of the decision normally within 6 weeks of the deadline.

2. Study Abroad partnership

Reading will receive fee-paying students from partner institutions where there is no intention of sending Reading students abroad on a reciprocal arrangement.

Proposals will usually be assessed by the Study Abroad Partnerships Committee, with department / schools informed of the decision normally within 6 weeks of the deadline.

An MoU will be required.

3. Incoming fee-waiver partnership

Schools wanting to receive non-fee paying students from a partner institution but will not send students abroad i.e. partnership has a wider strategic basis. 

Any such proposals need to be approved by the Pro V-C Global Engagement and the University of Reading Fees Sub-Group. Please email ESAO (studyabroad@reading.ac.uk) for further information.

4. Staff mobility agreements

Applications to open an Erasmus+ Staff mobility agreement can be submitted to ESAO at any time throughout the year; however the proposed partner institution may have their own internal deadlines.

ECTS Credit System

ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) is the credit system for higher education used by universities in the European Higher Education Area, involving all countries engaged in the Bologna Process. The credit system aims to make study programmes easier to understand and compare.

Credits are assigned to modules based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of the particular course of study. A full-time workload for one year of undergraduate study is the equivalent of 60 ECTS. The simple conversion from ECTS to UK credits is 1 = 2.

Further information about ECTS can be found:

Documentation produced by the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office relating to incoming Study Abroad student’s placements at Reading (Erasmus+ or otherwise) will refer to ECTS as the standard default credit system. This includes Learning Agreements and Transcripts.

All module descriptions available from the Erasmus & Study Abroad website and online application will refer to the credit value of a given module in ECTS. The main University of Reading module description pages will refer to ECTS and UK credits.

Students who study abroad within Europe as part of the Erasmus+ programme will be awarded ECTS as part of their transcript of studies, which will be transferred into the Student’s degree programme.

Study Abroad Coordinators (SACs)

The Study Abroad Coordinator (SAC) is the primary point of contact and person responsible for all incoming and outgoing student mobility activities taking place within their subject area. This includes Erasmus+ programme.

As part of the role they are responsible for ensuring the successful promotion, administration and dissemination of information of all mobility programmes and activities within that subject area. They also offer front line academic and pastoral support to students studying in their subject, and act as Academic Tutors to students coming to Reading through exchange agreements that the subject is responsible for.

SAC Contacts

A list of Study Abroad Coordinators is available on our Outgoing Students page.