The University of Worcester has agreed to underwrite a scheme for students to travel to Europe to study, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The Erasmus+ programme, funded by the European Commission, provides grants to enable students from across Europe to spend a period of time studying at a university in another European country.
However, despite assurances from Universities Minister, Chris Skidmore MP, who stated last month that in the event that the UK leaves the EU with no agreement in place, the Government intends to cover the payment of awards to UK applicants for Erasmus+ bids approved before the day of exit from the EU, there remains uncertainty.
The University has, therefore, taken the decision to underwrite the programme and to guarantee funding for its students to ensure they are not precluded from taking up these opportunities in the coming year.
Ross Renton, Pro Vice Chancellor Students at the University of Worcester, said: “Having the opportunity to study at another university outside their country of birth can greatly enhance a student’s experiences and personal and professional development. We do not want this opportunity to only become available to those who can afford it, should the UK leave the EU with no deal. As a university we are committed to providing opportunities for all of our students, so that they get the best out of their time studying with us and go on to become active citizens of the world.”
The University of Worcester currently has 26 Erasmus+ students from other EU countries studying on its programmes, and 26 students from the University of Worcester who are currently studying at universities across Europe under the Erasmus+ scheme.
Euan Morrison, Vice President of Worcester Students’ Union, said: “I am really pleased to see that the University has taken the decision to underwrite the Erasmus+ programme in the event of a no deal Brexit, showing its commitment to supporting those students who have taken part in the programme during this period of uncertainty. The Erasmus+ scheme has been a vital funding source for students who wish to study abroad and we believe that its potential loss would be severely detrimental to the UK University experience.
“The Erasmus+ programme is a fantastic scheme that provides millions of students across Europe with the opportunity to study abroad. Experiencing other countries and cultures whether that be travelling abroad or meeting those that visit Worcester can be hugely rewarding for those involved, developing cultural awareness, enhancing self-confidence and helping students to stand out in an ever more competitive graduate jobs market.”