More information on our Learning Networks event on 21 May

If you’re one of the delegates signed up to attend our Learning Networks event on 21 May in Belfast (thank you!) you might be wondering what you can expect from the day.

We’ve put together some more detailed information on the initiative to help you get the most out of your time with us. We also think it’s good for you to know about some of the ways taking part in Learning Networks can benefit you in running your Erasmus+ project…

1. Practical details

The event is being held at the MAC in Belfast on 21 May, starting at 9.45 and finishing at 3pm. Venue information and travel and subsistence reimbursement details can be found on our event page - please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

2. Workshop sessions

We are running three Learning Networks on Widening Participation, Measuring Impact and Employability. You were asked to select which Network you are interested in at registration, and the majority of the day will be spent taking part in discussions on the selected topic. As we have already held one Learning Networks event, we would recommend that you have a look at the reports from the previous sessions to find out more about the topic and the recommendations and suggestions made by delegates. We’ve already published useful summaries on our Learning Networks page but you can also now read the detailed notes produced by the facilitators:

During each session we will report back on the suggestions made to the National Agency both on our wider support activities and for the Learning Networks itself.

3. Meet the facilitators and experts

Each workshop is run by a facilitator, to make sure you have the chance to put your views across. For this event we have also added topic experts to each group who will be giving you an update on the topic more broadly including looking at current good practice.

Widening Participation

Facilitator: Lucy Butters

Lucy is the Director of Elembee, a training and coaching practice.  Her particular area of expertise is working with the education sectors to build skills which support working in international environments.  A qualified trainer since 2002, she has over 16 years working in, or supporting the international ambitions of, the education sector through research and teaching work. Lucy is an International Associate of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Expert: Liz Kwaw, Senior Consultant, Policy and Research, Ecorys UK

Liz has over twelve years experience working in research, in both the private and public sector. She has extensive experience in a range of evaluation methodologies and skilled in designing evaluation and impact assessment tools including surveys and topic guides for interviews, focus groups and case studies.


Measuring Impact

Facilitator: Sian Richardson

Sian has over 20 years experience in coaching and training, and works as a facilitator/coach and trainer, using the skills and experience obtained in a variety of industries. Sian has a particular interest/experience in self-development, particularly ‘Presenting with impact', ‘Networking’, ‘Diversity’, and ‘Storytelling’.

Expert: Korina Cox, Associate Director, Policy and Research, Ecorys UK

Korina leads on Ecorys UK’s enterprise and growth work, and contributes to large-scale evaluations across policy fields. She has a research background in evaluation of area-based interventions and her interests include enterprise, development, employability and social inclusion.



Facilitator: Abigail Hunt

Abigail is an experienced facilitator with a focus on innovation via design thinking and international business development. Helping people to do better, more purposeful business is what motivates her.  After an early career as a solicitor in London and Brussels she later worked in London and the Middle East on international alliances (including projects across Africa and in India) and as a head of client development.

Expert: Christine Bertram, Senior Consultant, Policy and Research, Ecorys UK

Christine is a Senior Research Consultant at Ecorys specialising in youth employment; youth labour market transitions; employment and skills policies; and welfare-to-work policies in welfare provision in the UK and the EU. Since 2010, Christine has been working on evaluations of major employment programmes in the UK including the large-scale process evaluations of the Flexible New Deal (2009-2011) and the Work Programme (2012-2014). 


4. Feel the benefit!

It’s important to us that you take away some concrete benefits from attending the event. Here are our hopes for what you will gain from the event:

Increase your knowledge

Feedback from our first Learning Networks event was really positive and everyone who attended said that it met their expectations. We were told the event was “An excellent addition to the programme to inform and support those leading and managing Erasmus+ partnerships.”

Meet other projects - share your experiences so far and make new contacts

You might be experienced in managing European-funded projects, or relatively new to your role. Either way attending the event is a great way to network and meet other beneficiaries and project managers experiencing the same challenges as you. You can make connections for the future and share good ways of working across all sectors. Don’t just take our word for it though – listen to Ghufrana Qureshi, founder of youth organisation UK Ambassadors, talk about her positive experience.

We look forward to seeing you in Belfast!

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