Partnership Information for Staff

The International Partnerships Team in Global Engagement builds, develops and supports partnerships with leading institutions and organisations across the world in collaboration with colleagues from across the University. We organise and support incoming and outgoing visits with strategic international partners in line with the aims and objectives of the Internationalisation Strategy. 

We can provide information on opportunities for staff mobility and funding as well as guidance on developing international partnerships with peer institutions. We can also share opportunities available through our membership of Global Networks including the Worldwide Universities Network and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

If you would like to get in touch with the International Partnerships Team, contact International Partnerships Officer Danielle Bertrand.

Our Partners

We work with partners that are recognised as excellent in their regions, and who recognise educational values and systems operating in those regions without compromising the values of our guiding principles. The expertise of our partners complements our own knowledge, creates increased value and strengthens our collaboration. These strategic partnerships will help us to develop teaching and research activities at a scale that could not happen otherwise, by adding value to our own knowledge through the collaboration and thereby extending our global reach and reputation.

Staff resources for developing partnerships

Here you can find guidance and information on:

Establishing Memoranda of Understanding and agreements

Organising and hosting inward international visits

Resources for overseas recruitment and student exchanges

Establishing an articulation agreement

Staff resources for developing recruitment partnerships

Guidelines for departments: types of partnerships supported and how to establish a recruitment partnership.

Agreement templates

Forms and helpful documents

List of active recruitment agreements - in progress

Staff mobility and funding opportunities

Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)

Funding opportunities are available to academic staff and PhD students at the University of Sheffield as part of our membership of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) is a leading global higher education and research network made up of 23 universities spanning 13 countries on six continents. Funding opportunities are available to academic staff and PhD students at the University of Sheffield as part of our membership. Visit our dedicated WUN webpages to discover more information on how to apply and to read about the current and previous WUN projects at Sheffield.

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The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

The University of Sheffield is a member of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the world's first international university network established in 1913 and now including more than 500 member institutions in over 50 countries.

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The University of Sheffield offers academic staff the opportunity to take part in a funded teaching visit at one of their department's Erasmus+ partner universities and administrative staff the opportunity to take part in a funded working visit at any participating Erasmus+ university. To find out more about how and when to apply and to read about staff's experiences on the scheme visit our Erasmus+ webpages.


UK - Mexico Visiting Chair

The UK - Mexico Visiting Chair was established in order to increase research collaboration and strengthen relations between 12 Higher Education Institutes in Mexico and 12 in the UK. It provides successful applicants with with a grant for a research visit of up to two weeks. Visit our UK - Mexico Visiting Chair webpage to find out more about the application process and 2017 and 2018 research done by the University of Sheffield staff.

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Santander Research Mobility Awards

Santander Universities is a division of Santander committed to supporting its communities. Since 2007 Santander Universities has been supporting universities across the UK, providing increased access to study through scholarships, mobility awards, research grants and university customer support.

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