SOAS University of London

Staff Development

Training Mobility

SOAS employees can apply to undertake a staff training placement at most other European Universities. Many universities offer International Staff Training Weeks which are an opportunity to follow a fixed training programme and benefit from opportunities to meet with colleagues in related fields from universities across Europe. These can be found on the IMOTION website.


Training events abroad may be in the form of job shadowing, observation, attendance at workshops or courses etc. This may be for transfer of knowledge and good practice, to learn from shared experience, acquire practical skills or to discover new ideas for teaching and learning. This will be to allow individuals to acquire practical skills relevant for their current job and their professional development. The stay in the partner institution can be called a variety of names: short secondment period, job-shadowing scheme, study visit etc. A pre-requisite for the awarding of the grant is the submission of a work plan agreed by both SOAS and the receiving institution.

The period of duration of the training period would usually be for  4 - 5 working days plus travel days. Attendance at a conference is not covered.


Staff interested in participating in a Training Mobility programme should provide a brief business case to Serena Yeo ( who will need to agree the participation. They will also need to apply to the host institution for a place on their preferred programme.

Where funding is agreed participants will be provided with travel and subsistence grants, and course fees. There are set fees for this which will generally cover modest travel, food and accommodation costs.

Expressions of Interest should be received by a) 29 November 2019 and b) 21 February 2020. These two deadlines will allow staff to keep checking what opportunities are available as programmes are often only published in the New Year. Full applications will be requested at a later date and EoI will be accepted after this if funding is still available.

Selection Criteria 2019-20

The following criteria will be used to make decisions on which applications are to be granted funding:

  • How closely the proposed programme is linked to current job role;
  • How specialist the proposed programme is i.e. with limited funding there is more institutional benefit from attending targeted programmes;
  • Identified benefits to the individual;
  • Benefits to the team / department / School (incl. relevant to strategic priorities);
  • Identified added value (i.e. presenting SOAS best practice, building networks etc.);
  • Budget remaining
  • Dissemination plans i.e. how to pass on learning to others on return.

Training Mobility Contract

Every staff member funded to undertake an Erasmus Training Mobility placement needs to complete a Training Mobility Agreement relating to the Erasmus grant prior to going abroad, and sign the Erasmus Grant Agreement.

On return, staff need to complete an online evaluation report which will be sent to them directly by the European Commission, and request the reimbursement of expenses using the SOAS Agresso system with all receipts uploaded. They will also be expected to disseminate the results of their visit.


If you would like to discuss a possible training mobility please contact Serena Yeo, ext. 4128 or