Blog Archive

Jane Racz and Madeleine Rose at Erasmus+ Inspiring Inclusion event
On 12 November 2019, we held the Erasmus+ Inspiring Inclusion event at etc.venues – Victoria, in London. The event was an opportunity to showcase some of the wonderful work taking place within the Erasmus+ community and discuss how we can make our work more inclusive going forward. To kick off the day, we welcomed Amina Atiq, a Yemeni-Scouse writer, performance artist and Erasmus+ participant,...
Erasmus+ storytelling tips for case study
Following digital media expert Jennifer Jones’ recommendations for engaging digital storytelling, we are sharing further insights on how to write your Erasmus+ story. After the live interview with our content writer Sarah Kearney earlier this year, here’s our list of top tips. Record your project through photos and videos Nothing can better show the progress and results of a project than images....
Project participants stood in bakery in front of bread
Food is so much more than fuel. It brings people together - it also gives a flavour of a country’s culture and its people’s identity. As we mark World Food Day on 16 October, we offer you a sample of how Erasmus+ people are getting a taste for new experiences and gaining new skills, over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Learning about food and how to cook for yourself may be the first new skill you...
Man sitting at table at event taking photo with phone
New to photography? Being responsible for capturing photos of your project’s activities can seem overwhelming at first. But don’t worry - our step-by-step guide is here to help, with useful tips and essential information to give you the confidence to start snapping away. Why should you take photographs? Taking photographs throughout your project is key to your Erasmus+ experience. Photos help to...
Our #epluspeople are finding new, creative ways to become sustainable and encourage others to protect the environment. We hear from beneficiary Euri Vidal, from The Surefoot Effect, who gives us an insight into how Erasmus+ projects can play a part in sustainability. Across Europe, the environment and sustainability are a big focus in the public consciousness due to the damaging effects of...
Vi-ability project participants jumping into air
Playing sport has a wider impact than just being good for your health. Getting involved in sport can have many positive outcomes, from boosting self-esteem and lowering stress levels to helping people to create good relationships. Sport also creates a number of benefits for inclusivity.  The Paralympic Games and similar events challenge the negative stereotypes of disability. On television,...
The International Day of Peace takes place on 21 September, a globally shared date committed to peace above all differences. Amongst our #epluspeople, many have run Erasmus+ projects that have a strong focus on peace education and encouraging others to build stronger communities. These projects bring people together from different backgrounds, countries and cultures. Let’s look at those who are...
School teacher in front of whiteboard addressing a class
With multilingualism being a key ingredient in making your CV stand out from the crowd, language skills are in high demand. As well as boosting employability, learning a language also helps people to become more culturally aware, and can even improve cognitive skills in observation, memory and creativity. In the UK less than half of the working age population can speak a foreign language. The BBC...
Woman at desk editing video on computer
Now that you’ve filmed your video, it’s time to go into post-production. In the last instalment of the Erasmus+ video guide, we’ll help you decide which clips to include in the final cut and how to piece them together. We'll also look at adding extra effects like text, music and B-roll footage to really bring the video together. If you haven't read our first two parts of the Erasmus+ video guide...
Not quite sure what to do once you've hit the record button?  During the first blog post in our video guide series we covered the necessary steps to take prior to filming, such as defining your video's aims, identifying and gathering your equipment and how to plan and prepare for filming. If you haven't read it yet, we'd recommend you get up to speed with our pre-filming advice before starting ...
Are you looking for new ways to disseminate your project? One of the best ways to spread your project’s story is through video. With the rise of the smartphone, making your own videos has never been easier. Not only do they allow you to share your project in action, but you can also showcase testimonies from your staff and participants. If you are new to video making, it can feel a little...
University of Northampton staff during their Erasmus+ project
International activities – such as studying or training abroad – help students and education staff to boost their skills, career and confidence. The benefits don’t end there. We take a closer look at how Erasmus+ is helping individuals, higher education institutions (HEIs), and wider society. Boosting skills and careers for students and staff Each year, around 18,000 UK higher education students...
discussions at the Erasmus+ Widening Participation event
The real experts on widening participation in Erasmus+ are those that see the difficulties and find innovative, creative and sometimes very simple approaches to really make Erasmus+ accessible to everyone. In other words, the real experts are you – the project coordinators. At our Widening Participation event that took place on 28 June 2019, we invited those with an interest in #...
World youth skills day logo 2019
Each year on 15 July, we celebrate World Youth Skills Day and the worldwide initiatives that aim to boost youth employability through education and personal development. It is also an occasion to reflect on and assess the existing gap in youth skills and learning opportunities, which has a direct impact on employability. What makes youth unemployment a global concern? All around the globe, youth...
Society is looking to become more sustainable, and so is the UK National Agency. In 2019, we’re making a conscious effort to minimise our impact on the planet whilst maximising the #ErasmusPlusEffect. Therefore we plan to make our events more sustainable. An eco-friendly event involves many factors, from materials to venues, and exploring how we can either reduce, reuse or recycle. Here are five ...
Dr Sophie Ball
Should higher education staff mobility be encouraged and, if so, how should it be recognised? Middlesex University took part in an Erasmus+ project which aimed to help institutions struggling to answer these questions. Dr Sophie Ball tells us more... The impact of international staff mobility on both individuals and institutions is self-evident to those working in this area but lacks wider...
This year, we are revamping Learning Networks to have a brand new look. The three events will each focus on a different theme. Our first workshop focuses on widening participation, as well as exploring the National Agency’s Inclusion and Diversity strategy and how organisations can make their projects inclusive. Over the year, we will also hold events on employability, as well as project...
people around a lagoon
Air pollution is one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time, but it is preventable. As we celebrate World Environment Day on 5 June, we look at three things Erasmus+ participants can do to travel and live abroad the green way and help #BeatAirPollution, which is the theme for this year. Air pollution causes an estimated seven million premature deaths every year. It also harms our...
Ask any teacher about the first step in their teaching journey and they will likely mention work experience. While it is part of educational requirements, work experience provides trainee teachers with numerous benefits. These include understanding more about classroom management, behavioural strategies and lesson planning. All these aspects help them in supporting their pupils’ learning whilst ...
Woman presenting to a group of people sitting around a table
Naquita Lewis, the UK National Agency Erasmus+ Higher Education lead, looks at why high-quality student traineeships are important and highlights some useful resources to help manage them successfully. Erasmus+ traineeships can be a life-changing experience, giving higher education students the opportunity to develop practical and professional skills that will enhance their employability. In...
Jamie Moore
Meet Jamie Moore – one of the eight enthusiastic young people who became EuroApprentices this year. Starting as a Digital Marketing Apprentice at Bolton at Home, Jamie joined forces with a group of dedicated volunteers in the ‘Building Better Futures’ project funded through Erasmus+. Jamie and the rest of the volunteers travelled to Eastern Europe to help restore and improve the living conditions...
EPALE UK star support competition logo
Since 2001 the UK’s Mental Health Foundation has hosted Mental Health Awareness Week to raise awareness about mental health, to open up discussions and aid prevention of mental health problems. The week takes place during May in the UK every year. This year’s theme is on body image, and previous themes have been on stress, relationships and loneliness. This mental health week is further...
Gavin talking to Sarah about inclusion and diversitt
To continue our celebration of inclusion and diversity within Erasmus+, we spoke to Gavin Askew, the Inclusion and Diversity Officer for the UK National Agency. During the interview we learnt more about his role, why inclusion is important and what the strategy means for Erasmus+ projects. Watch the video to discover more about the #InspiringInclusion campaign: Improving the inclusivity of...
The EuroApprentices standing on the steps outside of the hotel where they had their preparation training in Leicester
In March, eight lucky apprentices that were selected to be the UK’s EuroApprentices for 2019 met in Leicester to undertake their National Level Preparation Training. Inspired by the experiences that they had during their own Erasmus+ vocational education and training (VET) mobility placements, the EuroApprentices will promote the programme on a peer-to-peer level. The group will work together...
Let’s imagine you’re applying for Erasmus+ funding. You’ve written your application, partnered up with European organisations and feel ready to start your project. But, what follows after submitting the application? If your application successfully passes initial eligibility checks the next stage is validation; crucial, yet often overlooked. Your organisation must prove its eligibility in order...
Web application form guidance
Web application forms have been gradually introduced by the European Commission as a new way of applying for Erasmus+ funding since the end of 2017. They are now being used across all sectors and Key Actions under the 2019 Call. How are you getting on with navigating web application forms? Do you know what's changed from the previous forms? Follow our five top tips for filling in your Key Action...
Emily Jordan, Erasmus+ student trainee
Erasmus+ helps students to acquire that all-important work experience. Emily Jordan from Lancaster University is one such student. Now in her second week of a six-month work placement in Spain, she gives us a sneak peek into her new life as a marketing assistant. "This is actually my second Erasmus+ placement as I studied at the University of Deusto in Bilbao for five months. Now I'm carrying out...
UK National Agency staff celebrating international women's day
For over a century International Women’s Day (IWD) has celebrated the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. The day takes place on 8 March every year, with this year’s theme championing #BalanceforBetter, which looks to improve gender representation through collective action and shared responsibility. This year, the campaign aims to extend beyond one day...
Motivated, young apprentices work hard to reach their potential and blaze a trail, forging their careers. But how do you spark their interest in the first place? National Apprenticeship Week takes place from 4-8 March, highlighting the impact apprenticeships can have on learners and organisations. This year, the week’s theme focuses on blazing a trail, particularly boosting young people’s...
Ysgol Heol Goffa Erasmus+ participants
This year we want to shine a spotlight on Erasmus+ projects that have inclusion at their heart and are going above and beyond to embrace diversity. We want to hear from you! We know that Erasmus+ projects can change lives and those who benefit most are often from disadvantaged groups. One of the core aims of Erasmus+ is to promote equality and inclusion by facilitating access to participants from...
Rachel Lowe giving presentation
Dr Rachel Lowe took part in the Erasmus+ programme in 2002-03 while reading Meteorology and Oceanography at the University of East Anglia. She spent a year at the University of Granada, in Spain, studying Environmental Sciences. Rachel is now an Assistant Professor and Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as well as a visiting scholar at...
Adult learner stood smiling in front of a group working
Do you know an adult learner whose achievements deserve to be celebrated? Did you take part in an Erasmus+ project that should be recognised for its positive impact on the community? Led by the Learning and Work Institute, the Festival of Learning is the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England. The Festival of Learning Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in adult education and...
Is your college applying for VET funding? With the deadlines approaching, it is crucial you ensure your application stands out and grabs the assessor’s attention. One key ingredient to any successful application is showing how your organisation can embed good practices within your Erasmus+ project. This can help add weight to your proposal. But what counts as good practice? And how can it be...
Project participants taking part in dance during exchange
Earlier this week we looked at how two higher education institutions in Northern Ireland are funding a wide variety of Erasmus+ exchange projects beyond Europe thanks to Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM). Here we see how three more higher education colleges in the country are supporting their students and staff, to study, teach or train in countries outside the European Union. South...
Ulster University Erasmus+ participants
Five higher education institutions in Northern Ireland are sharing over half a million euros to fund a wide variety of Erasmus+ exchange projects beyond Europe. Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM) funds students and staff to study, teach or train in countries outside the European Union. Since its introduction in 2015, five higher education institutions in Northern Ireland (NI) have...
The new year has arrived and with it comes a new opportunity to apply for Erasmus+ funding, so let's get started on a strong foot. If you are planning to apply, you may have already read ways to improve your application and prepare effectively for an Erasmus+ project. But what about the process afterwards? In recent years, some applicants have faced problems they did not expect. Sometimes this is...