Partnership Information for Staff

Internationalisation is a core element of our outlook and identifying and collaborating with the right international partners and networks extends the depth and impact of our world-class research. The expertise of our partners complements our own knowledge, creating increased value and strength in our collaboration. These partnerships have a range of identifiable benefits, such as advancing leading research, increasing recruitment, diversifying our student population, and providing opportunities for student and staff mobility.

International Partnerships (IP) work to build, develop and foster these relationships with leading institutions and organisations in collaboration with colleagues from across the University and can provide advice and guidance on international educational opportunities to academic and professional services staff.

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.

Resources for staff

Here you can find guidance and information on establishing a new partnership, visits guidance for departments, establishing a new articulation agreement and MoU and agreement procedures and other useful information. 

International Partnerships resources for staff 

Establishing Articulation Agreements

Opportunities for staff

Worldwide Universities Network Funding Opportunities

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)

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The Association of Commonwealth Universities

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

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Sheffield Staff Mobility Scheme

Sheffield staff mobility scheme offers opportunities to engage with a small number of key partner institutions to develop joint research, teaching and professional service development activities. Funding should be used to support the development of academic and professional networks. These may build on existing joint initiatives by broadening the range of activity and including a greater number of staff or may be an opportunity to develop relationships and networks for the first time.

Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility

Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility is an opportunity for academic staff take part in a funded teaching visit at one of their department's Erasmus+ partner universities. barca

Erasmus+ Staff Training Mobility

Erasmus+ Staff Training Mobility is an opportunity for administrative staff take part in a funded working visit at any participating Erasmus+ university.


UK - Mexico Visiting Chair: Mobility Grant

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The UK-Mexico Visiting Chair mobility grant allows travel between 12 UK and 12 Mexican universities, in an effort to increase research collaboration and strengthen relations between HEI’s in Mexico and the UK. The Visiting Chair provides successful applicants with mobility funding for a research visit of up to two weeks to visit a new potential collaborator in the UK or Mexico.

Results: 2017 UK-Mexico Visiting Chair Mobility Grants

Inaugural UK - Mexico Visiting Chair, Dr Jon Shaw
Read about Dr Jon Shaw's visit to the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Mexico City and Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) in Toluca, in October and November 2016.

How to apply:
Applications for the UK Mexico Visiting Chair mobility grant 2017 are now closed.