Staff Training Week
Organised by the Global Opportunities Office, the event will be delivered in liaison with Queen Mary University of London's Careers & Enterprise, Library Services and Public Engagement teams. Facilitating the exchange of best practice in London, we are looking forward to welcoming colleagues from across the sector from a wide variety of origin countries.
The event will focus on three thematic tracks:
We will consider applications from staff working at any European higher education institution holding an ECHE and from anyone working at one of our partner institutions across the globe.
We encourage junior and intermediate-level staff to apply, including those who have never undertaken a staff training mobility before.
Priority will be given to applicants from our partner institutions.
There is a participation fee of GBP 90 which includes some catering and social activities. Accommodation is not included in the participation fee.
The application period for 2019 has closed and selection made. Interested persons with relevant experience may inquire with the Global Opportunities Office regarding the possibility of joining a waitlist.
Wiebke Leugers (Erasmus+ Manager)
Queen Mary is committed to equality and diversity in its student and staff bodies and welcomes participants without discrimination to ethnic background, religious affiliation or lack thereof, sexual orientation, gender, or disadvantage (http://www.hr.qmul.ac.uk/equality).
Queen Mary is committed to ensuring that all of its facilities are fully accessible. For more information please visit:
In the application, participants will be asked to disclose any mandatory occupational health requirements (including but not limited to any disability and dyslexia concerns) so we can liaise with our Occupational Health Service in advance of your arrival in order to make every effort that you have access to sufficient support during a visit.
UK Visa and Immigration information (if applicable)
It remains the sole responsibility of the participant to prepare for a visit to the UK to 1) determine their individual visa requirements and 2) to secure any necessary visa.
Please refer to the following web link for full advice: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y.
The Global Opportunities Office at Queen Mary will provide all successful applicants with an official Letter of Invitation that will include:
- all relevant participant details,
- purpose and duration of visit
- forecasted Erasmus+ grant amount* (only applicable if visiting through Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility exchange agreement)
This letter may be used for an eventual visa application (if applicable), along with a letter that non-EU participants are urged to request from their home institution that 1) confirms the anticipated visit and 2) serves as proof of employment in the home country.
The week will combine events and activities with the entire participant group as well as those offered under the tracks below. Each of the three Queen Mary teams have developed a series of relevant workshops and topics on their particular theme.
"Developing students’ professional networks through alumni career mentoring" (Tuesday)
This session will focus on Queen Mary’s flagship career mentoring programme, QMentoring, which connects students from lower socio-economic backgrounds with members of the alumni community. Through these one-to-one relationships, students are supported to make better-informed career choices, develop their employability skills, and gain confidence with applying for graduate job roles.
"Innovative approaches to providing student work experience opportunities’" (Wednesday)
Identifying and overcoming the challenges to providing a large, broad and diverse population of students with work experience opportunities.
"Stimulating student entrepreneurs: Innovative approaches to encouraging students to develop entrepreneurial mindsets – an interactive workshop for careers and enterprise practitioners" (Thursday)
Discovering methods and tactics to engage a broad and diverse student population in entrepreneurship activities.
“A learning and study space safari” (Tuesday)
We will be touring a selection of the different learning and study spaces across the Mile End campus, within and outside the Library building. These spaces are diverse and aim to support very different demographics and types of activity. During the tour, we will discuss the current needs of our students and researchers, how we cater for them today, and how we are planning for the future.
"Mapping Information Literacy" (Wednesday)
We are pleased to invite visiting library staff to a round-table discussion and activity led by the Library Teaching and Learning Support Team. We will explore and develop a student journey map for finding, using and evaluating information, highlighting and sharing examples of our work at all our institutions to support students on their Information Literacy journey.
Please come with an example of a research or study skill you currently teach your students that has been successful, or something you would like to teach them but haven’t yet been able to put in place. It could be something from a small or large group session, or from a one to one discussion with a student, academic or library colleague.
“Rethinking collections in a modern research intensive university” (Thursday)
Queen Mary has a relatively modern, and relatively small library collection in comparison to many of our UK and University of London peers, yet we still aim to support research at the highest levels. We would like to share and discuss with the Erasmus visitors some of the developments in UK research library collection development, including the renaissance of unique and special collections and collaborative collection development initiatives. We’d like to hear all about what’s happening in our Erasmus partner institutions too! Format: 3 short (20 min) presentations, each followed by 20 minutes of discussion. Refreshments provided.
"Library Open Forum" (Friday)
Bring your own refreshments to this informal session, which will be open to the participants, as well as Queen Mary Library staff. Everyone will have the opportunity to share their experiences of the three themes we have explored during the week: Spaces, Information Skills, and Collections – or anything else you would like to discuss. The format will be “café style”, and there will be no obligation to stay for the full session – drop in and out of the conversations as you wish.
“Public Engagement Introduction”
This session will cover a brief introduction to the Centre for Public Engagement as well as the UK context for public engagement. After this we will cover the basics for high quality public engagement, including audiences, engagement methods and project planning. We will also highlight several case studies of engagement activities at Queen Mary.
This session will cover Queen Mary’s commitment to engaging both with our local community and internationally – wherever our research has impact. We will highlight some of the activities that have taken place in Tower Hamlets.
“Public Engagement Evaluation“
This session will look at some of the commonly used techniques and approaches to evaluating public engagement projects, including planning and embedding evaluation into public engagement activities, capturing feedback in innovative ways, and producing meaningful evaluation reports that can be used as evidence of Impact.
There are several accommodation options on and around our Mile End Campus. Successful applicants will be provided with more detailed information.