Blog Archive

Young girl and elderly woman embroidering a dress at a sewing machine
From international partnerships between schools, to trainings and work placements in rural communities across Europe, Erasmus+ funding helps tell the stories of shared cultural heritage. Projects contribute to bridging the gap between younger and older generations, and tradition and innovation.  Recent reviews of audience engagement in the museums and heritage sector have identified a critical...
People taking part in communicating impact workshop
Imagine you are running a project. Everyone agrees that the project itself was great. All the activities went off without a hitch and you delivered all the outputs you were supposed to. Participant outcomes were even better than you expected. But something is missing. Where is the wider impact?  The UK National Agency recently ran a series of workshop sessions with Erasmus+ beneficiaries and in...
Tendring Technology College students during lesson
Thirty-six million euros of Erasmus+ funding is proposed for UK schools in 2019, up from €30 million in 2018. This provides a significant opportunity for schools across the UK to access Erasmus+ funding for a range of life-changing international activities that can develop key skills in both teachers and pupils, enhance the curriculum, and support education policy priorities. How can schools use...
Are you joining us for the next Learning Networks event on 5 December? We look forward to seeing you! Taking place in Birmingham, attendees from across all sectors will network, discuss ideas and share best practice. At the last Learning Networks in May, we relaunched the event with redesigned thematic workshops, focusing on specialised topics. Led by beneficiary facilitators, attendees also...
Schools project participants taking part in outdoor activity
According to the Department for Education, about 15% of all school pupils in England have some kind of special education need or disability (SEND). However, it’s often the services vital for supporting these pupils that are affected by budget cuts. We look at how Erasmus+ can help pupils and staff across the UK to benefit from an international experience. With the recently announced 2019 Call for...
Discussion between adult learners taking place in library
Are you looking for project partners? Do you want to share and disseminate your project outcomes or advertise a project event? EPALE can help you! The Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE) is a free online community platform bringing together researchers, teachers, trainers, volunteers, policy makers, youth workers and anyone else with a role in adult learning across the...
Female project participant in wheelchair smiling
Erasmus+ gives higher education students from all walks of life the opportunity to study or work abroad, to develop new skills, raise their aspirations and boost employability. However, research shows that although less advantaged students have the most to gain from a period abroad, they are the least likely to take part. We look at how higher education institutions (HEIs) can encourage and...
League Football Education players on pitch
In many countries, vocational learning offers a different, more immersive learning experience to more traditional forms of education. European Vocational Skills Week (EVSW), which took place from 5 – 9 November in 2018, aimed to increase people’s knowledge of VET, raise awareness of the opportunities people have under the sector and highlight the power vocational education and training has on...
European Solidarity Corps Volunteering event
The UK National Agency has hosted its first annual volunteering event for the European Solidarity Corps. Delegates from 25 accredited organisations from across the UK travelled to Birmingham to find out more, take part in creative workshops and celebrate success stories in volunteering. Building on over 20 years of experience with the European Voluntary Service (EVS), the European Solidarity...
Member of staff and attendee in conversation at the annual conference 2018
With an opening Soprano performance, inspiring case studies and an insightful panel discussion, there was a real buzz around this year’s Annual Conference in Central Hall Westminster where we were joined by more than 200 delegates to celebrate the achievements of the programme to date. A wonderful performance from Holly Teague, accompanied on the piano by Jonathan French, opened the event. Holly...
Is your organisation planning to apply for Erasmus+ funding? Or taking its initial steps in planning a project? The process involved, especially for the first time, can seem daunting and nerve-wracking. Have no fear though, as some of our exemplary beneficiaries offer tips and advice on getting started. Having once been in this position themselves, their projects have gone on to shine – whether...
October is approaching, which means only one thing for Eurodesk – Time to Move! Not familiar with this campaign? Let’s get you in the loop, explaining all you need to know and how you can get involved. First, allow us to introduce you to Eurodesk. An information and support service to help young people and youth organisations find out about opportunities in Europe. The service also has various...
The countdown is well under way for the 2018 Erasmus+ UK Annual Conference on Tuesday 2 October. Are you coming? Do you know what to expect? Make sure you’re fully prepared by reading our top 10 things to know ahead of the big day. 1. It’s all about you This year’s Conference theme is Erasmus+ People so we will be shining the spotlight on you! Participants, beneficiaries and projects will be...
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“Don’t forget to do some impact assessment!” You will hear that phrase more than once while you are managing your Erasmus+ project. From the National Agency, the European Commission, your partners, your organisation’s management. Almost everyone in fact, will tell you that you need to “do” impact assessment at some point. And they’re right. You do need to do something. Robust impact assessment,...
A SEED event participant placing post-it notes on a whiteboard during discussion
How do we better deliver long-term international work placements?  How can we make them more affordable for learners? How do we more fully involve and prepare employers to play a role in VET (vocational education and training) mobility? UK stakeholders involved in VET mobility participated in a one-day workshop in Birmingham on 26 June to discuss these questions. A peer-learning activity,...
EuroApprentices Meeting, Vienna, 2018
Our first four EuroApprentices have been appointed and are raring to go in their new roles promoting Erasmus+ opportunities.  The first four UK EuroApprentices were recruited in April and quickly got a taste of what is to come in their new roles when they jetted off for the 2018 EuroApprentices Network Annual Meeting in Vienna from 28 to 30 May. UK National agency Project Manager Amy Yardley...
Previous winners of the Erasmus+ photo competition laughing and smiling near brightly coloured wall
Our 2018 Erasmus+ competition aims to turn the spotlight on to the amazing discoveries of programme participants.  For the first time we are inviting video as well as photo entries, so there's plenty of opportunity to get creative. We covered what type of discoveries you could include in our earlier competition blog, but feel free to come up with your own! Then you just need to decide whether to...
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EPALE, with over 40,000 registered members, is the electronic platform and contact point for professionals working in adult education in Europe. The site was launched three years ago to connect and support teachers, educators, trainers and volunteers, as well as policy-makers, researchers and academics. As EPALE celebrates its anniversary, it is incredible to think how quickly it became the...
This year, we’re asking UK participants and organisations to share their discoveries in our 2018 competition: ‘My Erasmus+ Discovery’. An Erasmus+ placement means the chance to uncover something new to you. Exploring countries, embracing cultures; numerable opportunities can await for you to discover. What, then, does discovery mean to you? If you’re stuck on what you can share in our...
Fiona volunteering with European Solidary Corps in Poland
At the age of 19, Fiona Brown had finished college and was unsure about her next steps. Feeling that university wasn't for her, she went on the search for something different and that's when she discovered volunteering. Fiona shares the impact volunteering had on her life with us.   When I was at college everything was aimed at getting you to university. It felt like they had nothing else to...
We often hear how volunteering organisations create a huge impact on volunteers’ lives. From building skills to personal growth, they gain so much from these experiences. But what about the many ways volunteers can have a positive impact on organisations? As we explore the power of volunteering, let’s turn our attention to how it transforms organisations.  Point Europa, based in South East...
Volunteer and retired community member holding hands and smiling at each other
Every year Volunteers’ Week takes place 1-7 June in the UK. Run by NCVO (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations), it is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity. At the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, we are proud to have funded many outstanding volunteering projects throughout the years. With the European Solidarity Corps launching soon, we are joining the celebration...
St Columbas Primary school pupils taking part in science experiment
World Environment Day (5 June), described as “the people’s day” for helping the Earth, encourages people to act in ways that protect our environment rather than destroy it. Since its beginning in 1974, the day is now a global platform celebrated by over 100 countries. Each year, the day focuses on a particular problem affecting the environment. This year’s theme is “Beat Plastic Pollution”.  In...
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International Credit Mobility (ICM) offers Erasmus+ opportunities to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) staff and students to study, train or teach all around the world. Competition for funding is high, though, and choosing destinations strategically can boost your chances of success. Erasmus+ Higher Education Lead Naquita Lewis explains – and highlights two regions you might want to consider...
EYCH 2018
Celebrations of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) have started and will continue throughout 2018, putting shared histories and culture under the spotlight. As dedicated events and projects fill up the calendar, it is important to ask ourselves… What is cultural heritage? It can be challenging to decode what ‘culture’ is, without sounding too broad or pretentious, whilst the definition...
Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 (14-20 May) raises awareness of how mental illness affects people in the UK. This year, the focus is on stress and how it can play a detrimental role in mental health. It may seem easy to downplay stress in our everyday lives - yet it can become an underlying factor in illnesses such as anxiety and depression. In 2016, the Mental Health Foundation noted mixed...
If you’re joining us for the next Learning Networks event on 23 May, we look forward to seeing you! Offering a great networking opportunity, beneficiaries can exchange ideas and knowledge of good practice. Read on to learn what you can expect from this event. At our previous Learning Networks event, we asked attendees their thoughts on the workshops and how we could improve the initiative. Based...
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EPALE (Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe) is an online community for anyone who has a professional role in adult learning. With a range of educational resources, blog posts, news articles, events and networking tools, the site is a great way for like-minded people involved in adult learning to come together to share ideas, exchange best practice and keep up-to-date on information...
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We are pleased to announce SEED (Sharing Employer Experiences in the Delivery of international work placements), a new peer-learning activity. This one-day event on 26 June 2018 in Birmingham is an opportunity for UK employers and their partners in education and industry, to come together to consider the benefits of short and long-term international work placements. The key topics on the draft...
Jennifer at a Learning Networks event.
Do you find sharing your project’s story a challenge? Or feel unsure how to showcase your participants’ achievements? Have no fear as digital media expert Jennifer Jones explains how Erasmus+ projects can flourish with digital storytelling. It has never been easier to self-publish onto the Internet, and thanks to content communities (such as YouTube) anybody can become a ‘creator’, producing...
Does your organisation have previous experience of running vocational education and training mobility projects? Would you like to further internationalise? Here are the top five reasons why you should apply for the VET Mobility Charter: 1. Simplified funding applications For VET Charter holders the application process for project funding is simpler: the funding application form is shorter, and...
International Women's Day takes place every year on 8 March, celebrating women’s achievements and female empowerment.  This year, the theme is #PressforProgress – a direct response to the movements created in 2017. Gender pay gaps and discussions on sexual harassment have led to responses such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, which aim to expose these issues and achieve gender parity. Never before has...
Erasmus+ holds at its heart the values of pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality. Reaching out to marginalised young people, promoting diversity, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, common values of freedom, tolerance and respect of human rights, the programme supports projects and practitioners alike to explore solutions to global issues affecting...
Each year Erasmus+ National Agencies fund a range of Transnational Cooperation Activities (TCA) including conferences, training courses, seminars and study visits throughout Europe and beyond which aim to develop quality and impact across the education, training and youth sectors. Last November Alan Wood, CEO of Edulink Europe CiC, was funded to attend the TCA activity ‘Inclusion within KA2’...
The New Year is upon us and resolution-mania has gripped us all. Make it your resolution to submit a brilliant Erasmus+ application this year by following our top 10 tips for improving your application. 1. Know your priorities It's really important for high scoring applications to relate to Key Action priority areas. Do you know what the 2018 priorities are for your Key Action? There's still time...