Press room

Here you can find out more about the impact Erasmus+ projects are having across the UK, and the people and organisations who have benefitted from receiving funding.

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Press releases

26 January 2017

2015 UK figures show increase in Erasmus+ participants

More than 40,000 people from the United Kingdom went abroad through the Erasmus+ programme during 2015-16, to study, train, volunteer, or gain professional experience. The figures released today [26 January 2017] show an increase of more than 3,000 compared to 2014 (when 36,734 took part).

According to the European Commission’s Erasmus+ 2015 annual report, the UK is the number one destination for education staff to train abroad, and is the third most popular destination for young people volunteering, studying or training abroad.

The report coincides with the launch of the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+ which started in 1987 as Erasmus. During the last 30 years the programme has enabled almost 600,000 people from the UK to study, train or volunteer abroad. 

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24 November 2016

Erasmus+ funding set to increase by 10% in 2017

The Erasmus+ annual budget is set to increase by 10% in 2017 taking the total funding available to UK organisations to almost €145 million. The announcement was made at the Erasmus+ annual conference held in Cardiff on 23 November and comes ahead of the 30th anniversary of the EU programme in 2017. The conference showed that UK education, training and youth organisations will receive more than €354 million in Erasmus+ funding from 2014-2016, with 2016 being the most successful year so far. Across the UK, more than €273 million has been awarded in England to date, while Scotland shows strong and consistent interest with nearly €42 million awarded. Northern Ireland receives almost €20 million, and Wales has been awarded over €20 million, after a surge in Welsh interest between 2014 and 2016.

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23 November 2016

Upsurge in Wales interest in Erasmus+ reported at annual conference in Cardiff

New figures revealed at the Erasmus+ Annual Conference show 53 applicants in Wales have been awarded €8.4m in Erasmus+ funding in 2016 so far, compared to €5.1m to 36 successful applicants in 2014. An increase in the number and value of successful schools applications is the main reason for the funding boost. From 2014 to 2016 a total of €20.4 million has been awarded to 134 projects led by organisations based in Wales. This funding has supported almost 4,700 individual placements for learners, staff or young people of Wales to study, volunteer or train abroad between 2014 and 2015, with more projects starting this year and more people taking part from 2016-17.

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3 December 2015

Organisations across Wales are tackling youth unemployment and helping young people to gain experience abroad after receiving EU funding.

Vale of Glamorgan Council are just one of the organisations to have been successful in receiving funding through Erasmus+, a major European programme.

Managed in the UK by the British Council and Ecorys UK, Erasmus+ is the European Union’s (EU) programme for education, training, youth and sport, with the EU committing £12 billion to the programme between 2014 and 2020. The British Council Erasmus+ team are based in the Cardiff office and Ecorys UK team are based in Birmingham.

Their project - Achieving Success in Education Employment and Training - works with young people across South Wales who are not in education, training or employment (NEET). Young people from the region aged between 16 and 24 meet with other people in their situation from France and Germany to take part in a range of activities throughout South Wales helping them to boost their confidence, learn new skills and make them more employable.

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21 September 2015

OVER 500 health and social care trainees and professionals working with vulnerable people will benefit from an innovative University-led Erasmus+ project using artificial intelligence for training.

The University of the West of Scotland co-ordinating the ‘Digital Bridges’ project, and Glasgow youth organisation Xchange Scotland, are two projects successful in securing European Union (EU) funding through the Erasmus+ programme.

The two organisations’ Erasmus+ projects will be showcased at the first annual Erasmus+ conference to be held in Scotland. Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme for education, training, youth and sport, with the EU committing £12 billion to the programme between 2014 and 2020. In the UK, the programme is managed by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK. 155 projects in Scotland share €12.9m* of EU funding in Erasmus+ projects for 2014.

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21 May 2015

Erasmus+ inspires Cerebral Palsy football team to play at the World Cup and young deaf people to ask for change at Stormont

70 ORGANISATIONS from across Northern Ireland are celebrating after receiving funding through Erasmus+, a major European programme. Two Northern Ireland organisations in particular are achieving the programme’s aims of widening participation, as the Irish Football Association’s project will see a Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy football team take part in a World Cup next month and young people from the Northern Ireland Deaf Youth Association visit Stormont, to ask for recognition and legislation to support sign language and the rights of deaf people.

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28 November 2014

First year of Erasmus+ programme sees €98m awarded to 818 projects

The first year of the new Erasmus+ European Union programme in the UK, aimed at organisations from the UK’s education, training, youth and sport sectors, has seen €98 million awarded to 818 successful projects so far, with a further €16 million to be awarded by the end of 2014.

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Programme reports

Erasmus Impact Report

Another record-breaking year for Erasmus

The latest Erasmus statistics released by the European Commission today reveal that nearly 270 000 students - a new record - benefitted from EU grants to study or train abroad in 2012-2013. Infographic of a typical Erasmus studentWhile studying at another university continues to be the most popular choice, one in five students (55 000) opted for Erasmus job placements in companies. The three most popular destinations for Erasmus students in 2012-2013 were Spain, Germany and France. Countries sending the highest number of students as a proportion of their graduate population were Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Finland, Latvia and Spain.


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Projects in the news

Explore this section to find monthly roundups of projects that have been featured in the press! PDF versions of these reports are available to download on the right hand side of this page. If you would like to be featured drop us a line or tweet us. You can view all the roundups produced throughout the year on our Storify account

 January press round-up

pupils and staff smiling with flags to celebrate European Vocational Skills WeekPupils and staff the Carmondean Primary School

The Wallace High School pupils with Spanish flagsGroup of students playing dodgeball