For Staff

Staff mobility

In ATHENA, mobility opportunities are not limited to students, staff can also benefit from these opportunities. Staff training through ATHENA is a great way to internationalise your career and meet fellow colleagues from partner universities. 

Job shadowing

With Erasmus+ and within the ATHENA alliance, staff have access to training opportunities which can be in the form of job shadowing. As a staff member of a Higher Education Institution (HEI), you can visit another HEI and “shadow” someone that has a similar role to yours and share best practices. 

You are a staff member and want to go job shadowing at an ATHENA university? Read the testimonies below for an insight :

Home University: Vilnius Tech (Lithuania) 
Host University: University of Orléans (France)
Duration: 2 days

What has your experience been like? 

I had a great opportunity to meet colleagues and discuss topics such as the assessment of students’ personal needs, gain more knowledge on adjusting studies, and learn how to organize leisure events for students with disabilities. In addition, to see equipment for students with disabilities and to learn the topic of architectural barriers and how to remove them and make the university more accessible. 

What were the most exciting moments of your visit?

I met many colleagues who have very rich experience dealing with students with disabilities. I learned new ways to solve some practical problems. Additionally, I have the opportunity to meet students and see how inclusiveness works in reality. 

Home institution: University of Orléans (France)
Host institution: University of Siegen (Germany)
Duration: 3 weeks

What were the main goals of your visit? 

Exchange of good practices (E+ projects, students in exile), meeting colleagues in the same field as me to exchange on their work methodology, meeting colleagues involved in our Double Degree in Applied Languages, and meet colleagues from the Language Centre of the IRO to name a few.  

Your experience in a nutshell: 

I am more than happy to have carried out this mobility. I want to thank the DAAD for making this stay possible. My thanks also extend to all the staff of the University of Siegen who made me feel extremely welcome. I was able to meet many colleagues and exchange with many people whether in the field of the International Relations or ATHENA. 

International Staff Week

As a staff member of an ATHENA university, you have access to all the staff weeks organised by partner universities. Staff weeks are week-long training session on a specific topic : Human Resources, International Relations, English proficiency, Research and development, etc. 

To see a full list of upcoming staff weeks, please follow this link

Blended Intensive Programme

Blended Intensive Programmes (also know as BIPs) are innovative initiatives for students and staff training that combine a short-term physical mobility and virtual collaboration.  The duration of the physical component lasts 5 to 30 days and the virtual component does not have a time limit. 

Here is a list of the upcoming BIPs for staff. 

  • FutureFit Academy (by VILNIUS TECH)  :
    Physical mobility : 20-24 March 2023
    Virtual mobility : 9 March 2023 onward
    Register here
  • ATHENA Goes Global (by University of Maribor) :
    Physical mobility : 29 May-2 June 2023
    Virtual mobility : TBD

Erasmus+ staff mobility for teaching and training

Through Erasmus+ and with ATHENA, you can train in a higher education institution from a period of 2 days to 2 months. 


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ATHENA Colloquial Talks is a series of seminars where speakers from the consortium and beyond the alliance will discuss their research topics. To attend these online talks, you can register here