Lib Dems launch campaign to save Erasmus programme for North East students
The Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to safeguard access to the Erasmus exchange scheme for hundreds of students in the North East. A petition has been launched that urges both the government and EU leaders to preserve Erasmus opportunities for UK students in the coming Brexit negotiations.
The latest figures show over 20,000 UK students have studied abroad using the Erasmus scheme each year since 2007. Around 120,000 more were expected to benefit from Erasmus between now and 2020.
Young people going on the scheme benefit from free tuition and a monthly grant of around £240 to help with living costs. Separate schemes also give young people in vocational training the opportunity to do apprenticeships abroad.
Newcastle Lib Dem spokesperson Cllr Dr Wendy Taylor commented:
“Thousands of students starting university in the North East's five universities and a number of colleges in September will be hoping for the chance to take part in this scheme. Young people overwhelmingly voted remain in the EU and it would be wrong to deprive them of this once in a lifetime opportunity to study or train abroad.
“The philosopher Erasmus said 500 years ago "I am a citizen of the world". Today's students were born as citizens of the UK and the EU, and the 21st century economy demands that we continue to produce highly-skilled young people with experience of other languages and countries. ThLiberal Democrats are calling on the government and EU leaders to confirm that they will be to access the Erasmus scheme whatever happens next."
Notes to Editors
The Liberal Democrats petition to Save Erasmus can be found here:
The campaign can be found on Twitter under #SaveErasmus
There are several schemes under the Erasmus+ for vocational education and training (VET)