The British Council, in partnership with Ecorys UK, has been awarded the contract to manage the EU’s new education, training, youth and sport programme, Erasmus+, in the UK on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The programme, which starts on 1 January 2014, will provide €14bn across the 33 participating countries over the next seven years for education and training opportunities abroad, with the UK’s share of that an estimated €940m. Almost five million people across Europe will benefit between 2014 and 2020 - doubling the numbers who currently receive these opportunities. Read announcement from Universities Minister David Willetts.
The European Union’s flagship student mobility scheme has seen a big leap in interest from UK students eager to gain study and work experience abroad, the latest figures reveal. The number of UK students studying or working in Europe in 2012/13 rose by seven per cent to 14,607, the highest number in the 25 years since the programme was launched in 1987. The figures show that the number of UK students on Erasmus has more than doubled since 2006/07, when the British Council took over management of the scheme in the UK. Read the full story (October 14, 2013)
Figures released today (8 July 2013) by the EU reveal that more than 3 million students have benefitted from EU Erasmus grants since the exchange scheme's launch in 1987. The statistics, covering the 2011-2012 academic year, also show that the programme enabled more than 250 000 Erasmus students – a new record – to spend part of their higher education studies abroad or to take up a job placement with a foreign company to boost their employability. More than 46 500 academic and administrative staff also received support from Erasmus to teach or train abroad, an experience designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the 33 countries which participate in the scheme (EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey). Read Robert Bye’s story; he was selected as the UK’s representative of the Three Millionth Erasmus student
A new piece of research by the British Council, Ipsos and management consultants Booz Allen Hamilton shows that not only do employers around the world value the ability to work with people from other cultures as highly as they value formal qualifications - but they also say a lack of these skills in the workforce can open them up to serious risks including losing clients.Read the full report
The European Commission is inviting bids (March 15 2013) for the final tranche of Marie Curie fellowship grants allotted under the current seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7, 2007-13). Some €227 million, the highest single amount made available through the Marie Curie Actions fund, will be awarded to around 1 000 experienced researchers this year. The application process runs until 14 August 2013. Please visit their website to apply.
Over half of the UK’s Erasmus participants come from just twenty institutions, the British Council’s Chief Executive Martin Davidson revealed today at a reception to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Erasmus programme(17 May 2012).