Blog Archive

In early November we posted a blog on the Erasmus+ funding opportunities for schools in 2018. Whether you are a school which is totally new to Erasmus+, or experienced in applying for funding and managing the projects, we have plenty of information available on the opportunities, as well as a range of application support and tools to help you find partners and opportunities and even to manage...
On 30 November, the UK National Agency Director, Jane Racz, and Deputy Director, Madeleine Rose, represented the Erasmus+ UK National Agency at the European Commission's event in Brussels to close the 30th anniversary celebrations for the Erasmus+ programme.   What happened During the day, the European Commission shared the 2016 Annual Report highlighting another record year, and confirming the...
The 2018 Erasmus+ Call for Proposals is now open, and this year sees more funding available to higher education institutions (HEIs) than ever before in Erasmus+. So what’s available in 2018? Outward Mobility We’re very pleased to say that the UK’s budget for student and staff mobilities to the other 32 Erasmus+ programme countries is increasing by more than 20% this year, to around €68 million....
Some big changes to Erasmus+ volunteering activities for young people were revealed in October 2017 when the 2018 Erasmus+ Programme Guide was published, not least the disappearance of the much-loved European Voluntary Service (EVS). In this blog post, UK National Agency youth volunteering lead Fumie Izaki explains the changes.   Volunteering activities for young people within the Erasmus+...
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It’s Lifelong Learning Week from 20-24 November 2017. New research from the RAY Network shows that Erasmus+: Youth in Action is helping make a European Lifelong Learning area a reality. In this blog post Steven Murray, Impact Assessor at the UK National Agency, shares some of the outcomes from this latest research.    In 2006 the European Parliament and the Council adopted the Recommendation on...
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Next week is the second European Vocational Skills Week! Let's take a look at the ways vocational education and training has been providing people with opportunities in the UK through Erasmus+. What is European Vocational Skills Week? European Vocational Skills Week, which runs from 20-24 November 2017, is an annual initiative from the European Commission to raise the awareness and attractiveness...
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For 2018, €30m will be available to UK schools to apply for Erasmus+ activities, compared to €21m in 2017. This provides a significant opportunity for many more schools to access Erasmus+ funding for a range of international activities that can develop key skills in both teachers and pupils, enhance the curriculum, and support education policy priorities. Activities include international...
Stephanie Kleynhans
Universities UK International (UUKi) are calling for higher education providers to join the Go International: Stand Out campaign to help reach their goal of doubling the percentage of UK undergraduate students who go abroad as part of their studies by 2020. Here Stephanie Kleynhans, Policy Officer at UUKi, tells us about the new campaign. Currently, just 6.6% of UK undergraduates spend two weeks...
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New research shows that Erasmus+: Youth in Action is helping maintain and improve the quality of youth work across Europe. The findings show that participation in an Erasmus+ mobility project is an important pathway for accessing professional development and training opportunities. In this blog post Steven Murray, Impact Assessor at the UK National Agency, shares some of the outcomes from this...
If you could help to shape the future of learning and skills recognition, which recommendations would you give?  High-level practitioners and experts in the field of vocational education and training (VET) from across Europe discussed the topic at PEARL, a two-day event in Birmingham. It was hosted in July by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency (NA) with the European Credit system for Vocational...
Sophie McKeand
To celebrate 30 years of Erasmus+, we asked Sophie McKeand to do what she does best and capture the Erasmus+ spirit in a poem. Who is Sophie McKeand? Sophie McKeand is an award-winning poet, TEDx speaker and the current Young People’s Laureate for Wales. Her poetry has been widely published and she has performed extensively across the UK at events such as Hay Festival, Gwyl Arall and Festival No6...
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With the autumn school term now well under way, we’ve highlighted our three favourite new resources available on the Schools Education Gateway (SEG) to support and inspire you and your pupils. With courses, tools and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on tackling early school leavers, working with parents and motivational maths, we’re sure they will help to get the new school year off to a great...
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The European Week of Sport kicks-off its third annual week to promote sport and physical activity for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. It brings together 32 countries and 35 European partners to encourage a healthy, happy and inclusive #BeActive society. The week runs from the 23 – 30 September, with events taking place across Europe throughout the whole month. Although...
Ana-Maria Broscatan is an Erasmus+ Student Ambassador who spent a year abroad studying in Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She has just completed Law with Legal Studies in Europe at Reading University. She reflects on her experience and gives some handy hints to students going abroad or thinking about taking part. 1) It’s never too early "If you haven’t thought about going on an Erasmus...
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The Erasmus+ Project Results Platform can help you find partners, increase your project's visibility and share outputs with colleagues across Europe and beyond. Here at the National Agency, the team have shared some tips to help you get the most from the platform. If you are unfamiliar with the Erasmus+ Project Results Platform (EPRP) watch our short video to give you an overview! Remember, using...
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A recent report by Universities UK International (UUKi) looks at the extent to which disadvantaged students spend time abroad as part of their undergraduate degree. It was written as part of the ‘Widening Participation in UK Outward Student Mobility’ project, supported by the UK National Agency and the Department for Education. Here Katherine Allinson, Policy Researcher at Universities UK...
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I’m looking to apply in 2018 – what would I need to do now? Summer holidays, Christmas and even the New Year celebrations. There certainly is a lot to happen between now and the early months of next year. However, if you’re planning to apply for Erasmus+ funding there are a number of things you can do now to help make your application journey as simple as possible. Follow our six tips put...
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In autumn 2016 the UK Erasmus+ National Agency launched the Impact+ Exercise to help beneficiaries explore and define the impact of projects. We know that having a clear approach to impact assessment can help ensure that you’ve got the evidence to show your solution works. We even wrote a blog post about it.  We now wanted to know if our solution – the Impact+ Exercise – was really working and,...
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Erasmus+ has been improving the recognition of qualification abroad for apprentices and trainees with the use of the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET).  Now beneficiaries of the programme who are experienced in applying ECVET principles are invited to join its Community of Practice. By being a member, you will have the opportunity to give a steer on its use in...
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On 13 June the Erasmus+ UK National Agency Director, Ruth Sinclair-Jones, represented the UK at the European celebration in Strasbourg to mark the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+. She was joined by Isabell Majewsky Anderson, Head of the Go Abroad Office at the University of Edinburgh, and Tania Habimana, entrepreneur and former Erasmus+ student from Cardiff University. We were curious to hear more...
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We’ve been delighted to see UK alumni of the Erasmus+ programme are taking up the challenge to share their Erasmus+ journey by entering our Erasmus+ 30th anniversary photo competition: From Erasmus to Erasmus+: share the journey. If you have taken part in the programme at any time over the last 30 years and haven’t yet submitted a photo, read on for some hints and tips as there’s still time to...
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If you are joining us for the next Learning Networks event in Glasgow on 24 May we look forward to seeing you! When registering, we asked you to fill in a short survey to give us your view on what you would find useful to be discussed during the meeting. Here’s what you told us you would like to see and how this will be a part of the day. 1. How to disseminate on a shoestring The first thing you...
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As projects are progressing through the year, we have put together a selection of five top tips for using the European Commission’s online management and reporting system, otherwise known as Mobility Tool+ (MT+). In doing so, we hope to answer some of the common questions we receive and help you to feel more confident when using the tool.   1. Are you using the correct web address? First and...
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2017 marks 30 years of the Erasmus+ programme and to celebrate the anniversary, we are collecting stories and memories from various participants.  We caught up with Tania Habimana about the lessons she learned from her Erasmus experience and how it helped her secure her future career.  Tania studied international business and German at Cardiff University and had the opportunity to take part in...
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Jonny Lear, Content Coordinator for EPALE UK,  discusses the upcoming ‘Digital and eLearning’ pan-European online discussion on EPALE and how Erasmus+ projects can get involved discussing the Upskilling Pathways Initiative and develop and reinforce transnational networks.    In a digitally driven economy and society it is important everyone has the wide set of skills, knowledge and competence to...
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International Women's Day takes place every year on 8 March and this year the theme is #BeBoldForChange. International Women's Day is all about challenging bias and inequality celebrating women's achievements and championing women's education. Let's take a look at five ways Erasmus+ has been striving to achieve these goals! 1. Through the origins of Erasmus+ In our recent blog post we spoke...
As part of her time at the University of Chester studying Spanish, Andrea Sapundjija spent an Erasmus+ year studying at the University of Granada in Spain. Andrea has cerebral palsy and received Erasmus+ Special Needs Funding to support her while abroad. She blogs here about her experience. My Erasmus+ experience at the University of Granada was a challenging but exciting one. Although I am in a...
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From 1973-1993 Hywel Ceri Jones was successively Head of Department, Director for Education, Training and Youth Policy, and Director of the Commission’s Task Force for Human Resources, Education, Training and Youth responsible for the negotiation, development and management of the Erasmus programme. He then acted as Director General of Employment, Social Policy and Industrial Relations 1993-1998...
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As the New Year continues to roll in, here’s a great suggestion to beat the January blues: focus on your New Year resolutions and start preparing the application for your Erasmus+ project. While you do so, we want to give you some steps to follow the process with more confidence: 1. Review all the details from our Information Sessions Our Information Sessions were a series of events held across...
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Did you know Erasmus+ funding can be used to support apprentices? If you are an employer or SME you may be surprised to know that Erasmus+ isn’t just for higher education. In fact, it supports all sectors of education, training and youth. Funding is available under what is known as Key Action 1 Vocational education and training (VET) allowing apprentices and trainees to gain anything from two...