Faculty mobility

The University supports an ongoing programme of faculty mobility between Swansea and its Texas partner universities.

Supported by dedicated funding such as Erasmus+ staff mobility awards and the University's Texas Collaboration Funding Awards, the University has been able to support a significant number of faculty visits for the purpose of developing collaborations in research and teaching and the delivery of an extensive programme of guest lectures, in both Swansea and Texas.

Texas Collaboration Funding Awards

Each year the Texas Strategic Partnership offer a number Texas Collaboration Funding Awards to assist with Swansea University staff travel costs to Texas for the purpose of developing new collaborative activity in one (or more) of the following areas:

  • Collaborative research
  • Teaching collaboration
  • Student exchange
  • Professional services collaborations

The awards are designed to support Swansea University staff in the development of new collaborative activities in Texas with one (or more) of the University's Texas partner institutions.

Applications for the 2018 awards are now open:

  • Eight awards of up to £1,500 each are available to assist with travel and subsistence costs
  • Travel to Texas will need to be completed by 31st July 2018
  • Download the  Texas Collaboration Funding Awards 2018 Application Form
  • The closing date for applications is 5th February 2018
  • Applications and enquiries should be directed to Dr Caroline Coleman-Davies: C.C.Coleman@swansea.ac.uk

Texas Collaboration Funding Awards have been made to academics in each of Swansea's Academic Colleges:  

Professor Sue Jordan from the College of Human and Health Science received a Texas Collaboration Funding Award to develop a collaborative research project with colleagues at UT Austin which will examine the feasibility, reliability and validity of innovative multiparametric epidermal sensor systems developed by engineers at UT Austin. Read more

A Texas Collaboration Funding Award supported Dr Luca Trenta from the Department of Politics and International Relations to undertake collaborative research with colleagues at Texas A&M University. The collaboration, in conjunction with colleagues from Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service, focuses on the military effectiveness of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones). Read more

Dr Lisa Wallace from Swansea University Medical School received a Texas Collaboration Funding Award to develop student mobility opportunities with Texas partner institutions. This led to the development of the Baylor College of Medicine summer programme which allows students from BSc Applied Medical Sciences to spend 6 weeks working on innovation projects in the Baylor College of Medicine's Department of Surgery Incubator. Read more.

Swansea University Guest lectures: UT Austin

  • Black Skin, Blue Books: Frederick Douglass, Wales and Transatlantic Abolitionism Prof Daniel Williams
  • Research as Art – Conveying the Beauty, Complexity, and Humanity of Research Dr Richard Johnston
  • Sea-Level Rise from Glaciers and Ice Sheets Professor Tavi Murray
  • Where has all the Antimatter gone? Swansea University and the ALPHA Experiment at CERN Professor Niels Madsen
  • Public History Careers: An International Perspective Dr Catherine Fletcher  
  • Federalism, Decentralisation and the Implications of the Scottish Referendum Rt. Hon. Rhodri Morgan 
  • Cultural Property Protection and Military Necessity at a Crossroads? The ‘Monuments Men’ and the Allied Bombing of Pompeii in 1943 Dr Nigel Pollard 
  • St Francis and the Sultan: A Starting Point for Middle-East reconciliation? A Multidisciplinary Research Project  D.J.Britton   

Swansea University Guest lectures: University of Houston

  • Alzheimer's Disease: Beyond Memory Professor Andrea Tales 
  • Dylan Thomas in the American Century Professor Daniel Williams 
  • Future Buildings: Delivering Clean Renewable Energy from the Built Environment Prof David Worsley
  • Sleep on it: The Benefits of Sleep for Memory Prof Mark Blagrove
  • The Significance of Dylan Thomas Prof John Goodby
  • Visual Analytics for Big Video Visualization Dr Robert S. Laramee
  • Wales and Social Rights: Developing the First Children’s Rights Law in the World Rt. Hon. Rhodri Morgan
  • What can Trendy Transducers, Vivid Visualisations and Fundamental Physics tell us about Wild Animals and People? Prof Rory Wilson
  • Children and Young People Seeking Asylum in the UK. A Brief Overview of the Policy and Social Welfare Response, and of Children’s Experiences Dr Tracey Maegusuku-Hewett 
  • Single Cell Analysis of Dose-Response of Therapeutics Professor Paul Rees 
  • Wales and Social Rights: Developing the First Children’s Rights Law in the World Rt. Hon. Rhodri Morgan 

Guest lectures at Swansea University

  • Adolescents with Serious Mental Illnesses: Improving Treatment Adherence and Service Utilization Dr Robin Gearing (Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston)
  • Antimicrobial Peptides: Innate Defence Against Ocular Surface Pathogens and Potential Therapeutic Uses Professor Alison McDermott (College of Optometry, University of Houston)
  • Mental Health Disorders and Treating Depression through Acupuncture Professor Patrick Leung (Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston)
  • Preparing Youth for Civic Participation: Opportunities for Educators Dr Suzanne Pritzker (Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston)
  • Recovering the Written Legacy of Suppressed Languages and Cultures Professor Nicolas Kanellos (Department of Hispanic Studies, University of Houston)
  • Smart Materials and Applications in Aerospace Professor Gangbing Song (College of Engineering, University of Houston)

Guest lectures at Swansea University

  • The Growing Role of Immigration Law in Universal Higher Education: Case Studies of the United States and the EU Professor Michael Olivas (Law Center, University of Houston)
  • The Use of Storytelling in Academic Healthcare Bernard Robin (College of Education, University of Houston)
  • The Valve Interstitial Cell: From Cellular Biophysics to Surgical Repair Prof Michael Sacks, (Institute for Computational Engineering & Sciences, University of Texas at Austin)
  • Understanding and Addressing the Unique Needs and Rights of Immigrant Children in the Child Welfare System Professor Alan Dettlaff (Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston) 
  • Undocumented Children and Families Across the Southern Border of the United States Ann E. Webb (Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston)

Swansea University Guest lectures: Texas A&M University

  • Cultural Property Protection and Military Necessity at a Crossroads? The ‘Monuments Men’ and the Allied Bombing of Pompeii in 1943 Dr Nigel Pollard
  • One Jump ahead: The Application of Hawkes processes in Finance Dr Maggie Chen
  • St Francis and the Sultan: A Starting Point for Middle-East reconciliation? D.J.Britton
  • Up to Speed’ : The 1000mph World Land Speed Record – Swansea University and the Bloodhound Project Dr Ben Evans
Prof Patrick Leung
Prof Michael Olias
Dr Helen Valier