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The latest news from the Erasmus+ UK National Agency
May 2020

A thank you from the Erasmus+ directors

We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who is working hard to support the Erasmus+ programme. As we have had to adapt to new ways of living and working, we appreciate everything you are doing to support your colleagues and participants. We would particularly like to thank you for your cooperation in keeping us informed about the volumes and locations of your participants on Mobility Tool+, as well as your speed and flexibility.

If you have any inspiring stories or tips about how your organisation is enabling participants to continue their current Erasmus+ activities, in some way, please do get in contact using our online case study form. The UK National Agency team are working hard to offer you continued support, so please keep getting in touch with your questions and insight.

We wish the whole Erasmus+ UK community well during these unprecedented times.

With best wishes,
Jane Racz and Madeleine Rose
UK National Agency Director and Deputy Director
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Get involved with the 'People of Erasmus+' competition


Today we’re excited to have launched the ‘People of Erasmus+’ story competition! We want to celebrate how Erasmus+ has benefited more than 200,000 people across the UK since 2014 and would love to hear about the impact it’s had on you, your organisation and your wider community. Tell us your story in 200 words or less and show us the face behind the story with a selfie!
Share your story
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Site launched to support youth sector during coronavirus


The Youth Work Support website has been created to help youth workers, young people and youth organisations stay connected and safe during the coronavirus pandemic. It offers advice, guidance, support and resources, including activities to carry out remotely, as well as the ability to highlight any relevant services.
View the resources
Newcastle university demonstrating their language learning app

Successful remote working examples from beneficiaries

 
From video conferencing and educational apps, to virtual partnership management – the world has gone digital, including our own Erasmus+ beneficiaries. Our community is doing a great job at keeping pace, and some have developed great ways of working and learning online and we'd like to share their stories with you. We’re always on the lookout for more examples, so get in touch!
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Teachers should embrace audio lessons during lockdown

 
Audio lessons are a great opportunity for schools to teach remotely, in a way that is safe and productive for pupils. Plus, recording an audio lesson can be much less intimidating for teachers! A recent article published by Tes looks at the advantages of audio lessons during lockdown, with tips on how to make the most of them.
Read the article

Coronavirus update

 
To stay up to date with the latest Erasmus+ guidance on this fast-moving situation please keep checking our website.

The European Commission has launched a survey to understand the impact of coronavirus on recent Erasmus+ mobility activities and what could be done to avoid disruption to activities planned to start in the next months. The Commission will be contacting a sample of participants who took part in mobilities between 15 February 2020 and now, as well as beneficiaries that have planned activities starting between 1 June and 31 December 2020.

Other Erasmus+ News

  • EPALE's current thematic focus looks at "Digital skills as a way of accessing learning opportunities". You can share your insight and experiences about the topic on their dedicated webpage, as well as join an online discussion later this month.
  • Together, apart: the EuroPeers network is growing a vibrant online community of internationally-minded young people. If you work with young people aged 16-30, they can join EuroPeers UK to promote intercultural connections across Europe, online and offline.
  • As a recent Erasmus Student Network report highlights, it’s more important than ever to give extra support to students with less opportunities, post Covid-19. Look through the resources available to see how you can encourage and support these students.
  • Across the team, we’ve been sharing thoughts on what we’re grateful for to keep our spirits high. Now it’s your turn to take part and join in the challenge by visiting our Erasmus+ Facebook page.
  • Solidarity has been brought to the forefront of many discussions recently, but what does it mean to you? The European Solidarity Corps UK team has invited the community to submit their answers and has looked at a new study which proposes a common ground for solidarity.

Diary Dates


 Online activities 

'People of Erasmus+' competition
12 May - 19 June 2020. Submit your story.

EPALE Digital Skills
Online discussion. 27 May 2020. Save the date.

Social Inclusion & Engagement in Mobility
Student survey. 31 May 2020. Take part.

eTwinning free online training
Training courses, workshops and courses. Find out more.
For more information on Erasmus+ funding please visit our website www.erasmusplus.org.uk
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