Annual Conference celebrates ‘Erasmus+ people’

The Erasmus+ UK Annual Conference takes place today in London at Central Hall, Westminster. Titled ‘Erasmus+ People’ this year’s conference has a focus on the projects and beneficiaries of the programme.

Stakeholders and participants representing the country’s higher education, vocational education and training, schools, adult education, and youth sectors will share their stories of what Erasmus+ means to them and consider the proposals for the successor programme.

Erasmus+ UK National Agency Director, Jane Racz, will tell delegates that the programme is going from strength to strength, with more Erasmus+ funding allocated to UK-based organisations in 2018 than in any previous year of the programme.

“With one deadline still outstanding, 2018 is on course to be a record year, with applicants requesting just under €275 million,” she said. “This reflects continued growth in the popularity of Erasmus+, continually involving new organisations and ensuring the UK takes advantage of the funding available.”

The Conference will open with a performance by Holly Teague from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Holly is a Soprano in her third year of study. This semester, she is benefiting from an Erasmus+ placement at Conservatoire de Paris.

Holly said: “All students at RBC are encouraged to apply for an Erasmus place at any participating music college across Europe.

“Being awarded a place to study at Conservatoire de Paris is such a fantastic opportunity for me, musically, professionally and personally.”

Since the programme started in 2014, almost 677million euro has been awarded in the UK to 4,800 projects. More information is on our statistics webpage.