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Erasmus+, worth all the fuss?

The surprise withdrawal of the UK from the Erasmus+ international exchange programme was one of the most unlikely and disappointing revelations of the post-Brexit trade deal. In an attempt to quash the devastation of many students and university staff, the UK government loudly and proudly proposed their shiny new Turing Scheme. This empty new proposal […]

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The Student takes on Turing: Erasmus’ new lukewarm successor

Obscured by all things pandemic, Boris Johnson’s “new dawn for Britain” and “oven-ready deal” were always bound to pass with less public attention than Brexiteers would have liked. What did not pass without attention for many current and prospective students, however, was the end of UK participation in Erasmus+ and the announcement of Erasmus’ lukewarm […]

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Quitting Erasmus has made Scottish independence more likely

A survey conducted by The Student at the University of Edinburgh has found that 75% of students were more likely to vote for the Scottish National Party (SNP) in May’s Scottish parliamentary election as a result of the UK government’s decision to leave the Erasmus scheme; a mobility programme that guarantees most British students the […]

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EXPLAINED: Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal with the EU

Despite repeatedly warning of the extreme likelihood of a no-deal Brexit, Boris Johnson signed a trade agreement with the EU on 24 December. But what exactly does the agreement mean for the UK’s future relationship with the EU and for University of Edinburgh students?  The Student takes a closer look at the agreement.  An Overview of […]

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UK opts out of Erasmus Programme

The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has today announced that the United Kingdom has come to an agreement with the European Union over a post-Brexit trade deal after 11 months of negotiations. For many students, the key headline is the announcement that the UK has decided to no longer partake in the Erasmus Programme.  The Erasmus […]

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FACT-CHECK: What does a no-deal Brexit mean for University of Edinburgh students?

With negotiators apparently making no progress with regards to the United Kingdom’s (UK) future trade relationship with the European Union (EU), Boris Johnson and EU leaders are warning that a no-deal Brexit is increasingly likely.  In the event that negotiators can’t agree a deal before 31 December 2020, when the transition period will end and […]

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Heimweh and Hamsterkäufe: Stranded on Purpose

Lockdown day (?) in Leipzig; a self-isolation shopping list: Things in jars (misc.), soup, yoghurt, cereal, veggies (whatever is left), some kind of non-dairy milk product…whisky? That’s expensive; I’m an Erasmus student soon to reach the end of my Erasmus grant. Goldbrand it is. It’s the same colour as whisky, is only three euros, but […]

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Loss of Erasmus Scheme could lead to challenge for UK students studying abroad

The Erasmus+ scheme offers students opportunities to study or work abroad and has existed since 1987. Over 50 EU and non-EU countries participate in the scheme, and eligible students are provided with a grant to help with living costs and the process of moving abroad. This is a unique feature of the Erasmus+ scheme, which […]