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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

Erasmus Policy Statement

Durham University Erasmus Policy Statement 2014-2020

Durham University is a university for and of the world, learning from and embedding best international practice in everything we do. We will proactively develop international partnerships that influence national and international agendas. Durham University’s commitment to improving the employability of all our students is explicit in its Strategy 2017-2027, a key aim of which is “To provide our students with outstanding and distinctive opportunities for personal development, ensuring future success and employability.”

Durham has committed to increase undergraduate students undertaking an international study or work placement and has set KPIs to reach ambitious goals. All Durham undergraduate and integrated masters programmes offer students the opportunity to transfer into the equivalent programme with an additional year abroad and full academic recognition is given to students on Erasmus and Exchange programmes. Student participation in Programme activity allows Durham University graduates to gain the intercultural competence, language and employability skills needed to compete in an increasingly global environment.

The current offer has been bolstered by a target of 20% of the entire applicable cohort to undertake an international study or work experience by 2027. Effective internationalisation of all aspects of the University’s activity is vital to improve staff and student experience, and Erasmus+ plays a key part in achieving these aims. Durham can point to an excellent early history of international engagement. Many individual academics continue to enjoy productive international research collaborations.

The University's strategy for collaborative provision is underpinned by the principles and policy that all potential partnerships must support the achievement of strategic objectives as defined in its Strategy 2010-20, and key sub-strategies such as the Education Strategy, Research Strategy, Postgraduate Strategy and Internationalisation Strategy. Durham has a number of collaborative partnerships, with national and international organisations at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. All proposals to establish a collaborative partnership are considered in accordance with the University's principles, policy and strategy for collaborative provision, and through clearly laid out policies for approval, monitoring and review of collaborative partnerships.

Achieving student mobility objectives outlined in the strategy involves engagement and support from Durham staff across all academic and service departments.When choosing international partners, academic departments take a lead role in identifying universities and/or institutions that are academically suitable. When reviewing the academic provisions and structure of potential partners, different objectives are considered in order to achieve the outcome for each target group.

Durham aims to have institutional partners worldwide selected on the basis of their institutional strength and/or excellence in specific fields. Having a range of partners around the globe ensures that staff and students are able to work with the best and most suitable institutions that will help to achieve individual, departmental, faculty and intuitional-wide goals for international collaboration.

Staff teaching exchanges are deeply rooted in academic subjects to ensure that both incoming and outgoing staff benefit from teaching abroad. Considerations for staff training exchanges include careful review of job descriptions to ensure that support staff are best able to share best practice, network and gain new ideas to bring into their roles.

Further development of this policy statement is expected with the introduction of Durham University’s Internationalisation Strategy in 2019.