We Support Study Abroad

Posted by rmt22 at Oct 11, 2019 09:35 AM |
We feel that having an international experience is one of the most valuable things that you can do with your time at University and are supporting the UUK campaign to protect Erasmus+.

Students who travel to study outperform their peers who don’t. They are 19% more likely to gain a first class degree, 20% less likely to be unemployed and 10% more likely to be in a 'graduate' job once they finish study. And students who come to the UK on an Erasmus+ placement make a huge contribution to the UK.

We are therefore supporting UUK’s #SupportStudyAbroad campaign which calls on the UK Government for a clear commitment to fund study abroad in 2020 and beyond, either through securing our participation in Erasmus+, or by providing funding for a national replacement mechanism.

On 6 February 2019 we supported the original campaign which called on government to commit to funding study abroad opportunities in case of a no-deal Brexit, even if continued access to the Erasmus+ programme cannot be negotiated. Thanks to everyone’s support the campaign had an impact and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson MP said:

“I want to reassure you that my department is open to continuing to be part of schemes like Erasmus+… I have asked my officials to provide a truly ambitious scheme if necessary.”

As we head towards a potential exit from the EU there is still no cast iron commitment from the government to fund mobility after 2019, and time is running out as students are deciding their study abroad destinations for 2020 and face uncertainties to whether their placement year will be able to go ahead or not.

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