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The Erasmus programme turns 30


Whether people have improved their chances of finding a job, developed fresh perspectives on sustainable development, learnt a new language, gained a clearer idea of European citizenship, or found a new passion for volunteering: Erasmus+ has produced many success stories. The Erasmus Programme has been enriching lives for the past 30 years.

In this video Jyrki Katainen, the European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, talks about his Erasmus experience at the University of Leicester and what impact the programme had on his professional career. Katainen outlines the importance the Erasmus Programme has in showing what integration is all about and he stresses out how this experience can shape the careers of students and young workers.

Find out more about taking part in an Erasmus exchange at Erasmus+ UK.

European Solidarity Corps



The European Solidarity Corps is a brand new EU initiative. It creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. The projects will cover a wide range of issues, such as helping to prevent natural disasters or rebuild afterwards, assisting in centres for asylum seekers, or addressing different social issues in communities. They will last from two to twelve months and will normally be located somewhere inside the EU. Anyone over 17 can register online although the participation is open only for 18-30 year olds. Find out more ...


Creative Europe Funding in Scotland and the UK

Creative Europe is the European Union's programme to support and strengthen the audio-visual, cCreative Europe ultural and creative sectors. It consists of MEDIA and Culture sub-programmes, as well as a Creative Industries guarantee fund. From 2014 - 2020, 1.46 billion is available Europe-wide to support projects with the potential to travel, reach new audiences and encourage skill sharing and development.

Creative Desk Europe UK promote Creative Europe in the UK. Their specialist in Scotland is based at Creative Scotland. They offer free advice, workshops, seminars etc. and can offer support with funding applications. Their website contains a wealth of information including examples of previously funded projects, a wide range of support materials to help with funding bids, information on the individual funding opportunities.

Statistics 4 Beginnerscomputer stats


At first glance, statistics might be difficult to understand. Eurostat have created Statistics 4 Beginners to make the world of statistics a bit easier both for pupils and students as well as for all those with an interest in statistics.

Statistics can answer questions posed at different occasions in everyday life: Is society heading in the direction promised by politicians? Is unemployment up or down? Are there more CO2emissions compared with ten years ago? How many women have a job? How is my country's economy performing compared to other EU Member States? Statistics 4 Beginners has two workbooks currently to help you understand and use statistics.  

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