Jane Racz today (October 23) succeeds Ruth Sinclair-Jones as the UK National Agency Director for Erasmus+.
Ruth is retiring after leading the UK National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK, since the Erasmus+ programme began, having also worked extensively on predecessor programmes during 30 years with the British Council, in the UK and overseas.
She said: “It has been a privilege to carry out the role of Erasmus+ National Agency Director, and to see UK participation increasing across all sectors.
“Erasmus+ brings huge benefits to all those who participate: students, trainees, volunteers, youth groups and professional staff. I wish everyone involved in the programme a successful future.”
Jane has been running Erasmus+ delivery operations for the British Council in Cardiff for the past three years and has private sector experience in running large operations in the financial sector.
She will work closely with the National Agency Deputy Director, Maddy Rose, at Ecorys UK, to continue the work Maddy and Ruth have done to create positive dialogue with partners across Europe, including the European Commission, and report to our UK government client, the Department for Education.
Jane said: “I have been fortunate to have been part of Erasmus+ from year one, working with outstanding colleagues in the British Council and Ecorys UK to deliver the best service we can, to enable our beneficiaries to run quality projects and send thousands of people abroad, and play a part in changing people’s lives.
“I am delighted to be taking over from Ruth, who has supported me since I joined the National Agency, and look forward to working closely with Maddy and all Erasmus + colleagues. I am passionate about maintaining the high visibility of the programme and its positive effects.”
Maddy added: “With the 2018 Call for Proposals imminent, and record funding of 170 million euros available for UK projects, it is an exciting time for Erasmus+ in the UK.
“With a Government guarantee in place to honour grant agreements signed while the UK is still an EU Member State, even if payments continue beyond our exit date, it’s very much business as usual in the coming 12 months.
“I look forward to working alongside Jane to ensure that UK organisations and individuals take full advantage of the opportunity and reap the rewards that participation in Erasmus+ brings."