benefits of completing a period of work or study abroad whilst at university
for students are well documented. They include increased employability, higher
academic attainment, increased confidence and intercultural skills.
can also expect to improve their pedagogical abilities as well as enhancing
their professional networks. This brings benefits for both them and their
there are less tangible strengths to the Erasmus programme. The latter
shouldn’t be ignored as we debate the UK’s involvement in Erasmus post-Brexit.
was recently described to me as “egalitarian”. Grants are available to all
staff and students regardless of background or finances. Mobility can often be
difficult for disadvantaged or under-represented students to access because of
study abroad students have the majority of their tuition fee waived for their
year abroad. They are also eligible for the core UK student loan and
maintenance grant award that they would normally receive. However, unlike on
other schemes, every Erasmus student studying or working abroad is also
eligible for monthly grants. And if you are from a disadvantaged background, or
are disabled, you can apply for additional funds to ease the financial burden.
grants and scholarships are available for mobility taken outside of Erasmus,
but can require onerous research, incredibly varied application processes and
often stipulations based on nationality, background or subject studied.
often neglected benefit of the Erasmus programme is the impact it has on
institutional partnership development. Erasmus allows institutions to easily
establish and maintain partnerships through a universal system. Institutions
come quality assured and protected by the Erasmus charter and learning
individual institutions to replicate this for each of its individual partners
in Europe would be prohibitively burdensome.
it’s not just mobility. University partnerships and consortia can bid for
funding from Erasmus for Key Action Two projects. These often take the form of
higher education reform and capacity-building projects in developing countries
as well as joint degree programmes.
only do these types of partnership act as a gateway to greater institutional
links, staff mobility via Erasmus can also sow the seeds for personal
relationships between individual staff and foster research partnerships.
30 years, Erasmus has a well-established and universally recognised brand. It’s
recognised by institutions, employers and governments all over the world.
network of Erasmus alumni connects different generations. Those who spent time
studying or working in the UK often retain their personal and professional
networks in the UK.
interviewed by the former government Department of Business, Innovation and
Skills (BIS), 90% of international students
that their perception of the UK had changed in a positive way during their
uncertain times as headlines portray us as unwelcoming, it is great to have
large cohorts of Erasmus alumni who can testify to the UK’s open and tolerant
university campuses. Campuses where they have made friends for life.
matters because of the opportunities it provides for staff and students to
develop personally, academically and professionally.
matters because it helps create university campuses that are international and
matters because it helps institutions establish and maintain important
it matters because the international networks and brand it creates are
Happy 30th birthday Erasmus!
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