The Erasmus+ programme is a European Commission funded scheme that is designed to support and enhance co-operation in Europe. Traditionally, the programme has supported academic staff to teach at European Universities and learn from other Institutions, but the programme now funds support staff to participate in training.

Erasmus+ training periods aim to support the professional development of HEI staff. The training period may be in another HEI or any other appropriate organization in an eligible country.
Eligible training may be in the form of job shadowing, observation, attendance at workshops or courses and so on. This may be for the transfer of knowledge and good practice, to learn from shared experience, acquire practical skills or discover new ideas for teaching and learning.

In general, conferences are not funded under this scheme. However, attendance at conferences may occasionally be allowed if there is evidence that the purpose is to acquire new skills and knowledge for the modernisation of the home HEI. Attendance at conferences is never allowed solely to enhance the individual’s career within a single field of study.

A grant varying according to the destination is awarded by the British Council to cover travel and subsistence costs (typically between £120/€170 per day for up to 6 days) and the activity must involve a minimum of 8 hours contact time over at least two days excluding travel time. Please note that there will be no additional funding by the University. Destinations eligible for funding are:

EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom. This includes Canary Islands, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Réunion, Azores, Madeira

EFTA EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway

Candidate countries: Turkey, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

To participate in the programme a member of staff must demonstrate its relevance to their work and the University and an application form (available by contacting must be completed and signed by the relevant Head of College / Department and sent to HR for approval before the 31 of March.

For more specific information about the scheme contact the IEC’s Head of International Exchanges, Andrew Griff-Owen ( or Nia Gwynn Meacher ( for general information regarding the scheme.