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Staff Mobility Stories

Have a look at what previous staff mobiltiy participants have got up to during their teaching or training activities....

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LEAH HEWITT (MRI) - STAFF TRAINING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PORTO, PORTUGAL

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JENNIFER CAVE (SoM) - TEACHING MOBILITY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF AALBORG, DENMARK

My Teaching Mobility Programme was at the University of Aalborg, Denmark. A benefit for my teaching was open discussions with Aalborg staff regarding our respective experiences and pedagogical approaches to experiential and co-creative learning for example: the Creative Learning Lab used in Tourism Development studies at Aalborg. I have now developed relationships with colleagues that will introduce new approaches and enhance Swansea’s teaching, when the Aalborg staff person joins us in the companion teaching exchange. Staff should apply for Erasmus mobility grants, to encounter best practice in teaching, entrepreneurship and for management expertise.

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NICK RUGGIERI - STAFF TRAINING AT UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA, SPAIN

I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful city of Valencia for my Staff Mobility. It really was the highlight of my year and an experience I won’t forget. I spent a week of training at the 9th IRO Valencia for International Officers and Coordinators run at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. The course focused on the International Student experience, creating links with other universities, team building and Spanish culture. I benefited hugely from the programme – mainly the chance to share ideas with colleagues from across Europe and learn new skills from the various workshops and seminars. I also had enough time to get to know Valencia and have some time of reflection which meant I returned to work energised by my experience. I would definitely recommend applying for this type of programme – it really is an invaluable, fun and worthwhile experience!

TRACY JONES (ISS) - STAFF TRAINING AT EÖTVÖS LORÁND UNIVERSITY, HUNGARY

I'm Tracy Jones and I work as a Service Assistant at Swansea University Library on Singleton Campus. I was lucky to spend a few days at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, as part of the Erasmus scheme. During my time there I spent time with the frontline staff, book restoration team and the transcription/disability team where we shared best practices and established contact with departments in the hope of working closer together and having a member of their team come to visit us in our library. If you have a chance to take part in the Erasmus scheme do it! It is an experience! I would like to thank Corinne for her help in arranging everything and for her encouragement! Diolch Corinne!" 

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LEIGHTON EVANS (COAH) - TEACHING MOBILITY AT ADAM MICKIEWICZ UNIVERSITY, POLAND

In April 2019, I visited Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, to work with colleagues in the Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Planning. I delivered two public lectures, one on smartphone use and one on Virtual Reality. In addition, I led a workshop on the ethical use of spatial data and big data for urban planning. Both lectures were well attended, well received and have led to new lines of enquiry and new potential colleagues! Taking part in the programme allowed me to see new ways of working, make new connections and enjoy a different working environment –highly recommended.

ALISON MAGUIRE (STUDENT SERVICES)-STAFF TRAINING AT TALTECH UNIVERSITY, ESTONIA

I was fortunate enough to be accepted on to the Erasmus+ training week at TalTech University in Tallinn, Estonia. The focus of the week was on sharing best practice around student opportunity and development. The programme was extremely well organised and interesting and exceeded my expectations regarding what would be relevant to my role and how much I would learn. I had hoped that gaining experience of small but  progressive institution such as TalTech would challenge me to reflect on the work I do as a manager within CampusLife – and it certainly has!  It was a wonderful opportunity and something I highly recommend. The city of Tallinn is historic, beautiful and fascinating, but my fondest memory will be of all the wonderfully interesting, welcoming and knowledgeable people I met (oh, and the dancing!).  

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JO REES (CHHS) - TRAINING MOBILITY AT ECOLE SANTE SOCIAL SUD-EST, FRANCE

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GERALDINE LUBLIN - TEACHING MOBILITY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SALAMANCA, SPAIN

Thanks to an Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility Award, I was able to go to the University of Salamanca in June 2019. I was kindly hosted by Dr Guillermo Mira Delli-Zotti, who organised a series of activities, including a talk at the Iberoamerican Institute and a workshop on Digital Humanities at the College of History and Geography. As well as discussing the research behind my volume Memoir and Identity in Welsh Patagonia, I enjoyed talking about my current project on Digital Memories and Trajectories in Southern Patagonia with graduate students and members of staff. As well as enhancing my research network and forging new international links, the experience has inspired me to refresh my teaching and try out new ideas. Would I recommend other staff to apply? Definitely!

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