National Assembly for Wales meet with Cardiff Met Students and Staff to discuss EU funding opportunities in 2014 - 2020 



​Staff and students from Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cardiff University were invited by The National Assembly for Wales Enterprise and Business Committee to attend a stakeholder engagement event.

The event followed an inquiry into EU funding opportunities for 2014 - 2020, which took place at Cyncoed Campus on 6th March.

Students and staff applicants for Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus funding and key staff involved in administering such programmes were all invited to participate in round table discussions.

The National Assembly for Wales Committee includes various Assembly Members (AMs), and the committee was split into six roundtable groups; with a Cardiff Met or Cardiff University student or staff representatives in each group.

Discussions included experiences of EU programmes and what motivates people to participate and both personal and academic impacts programmes have on participants.

Benefits and barriers were also discussed in relation to encouraging other students to study outside the UK during their degree courses.

This led to a debate on how Wales can increase its support in the Outward Mobility of students and staff and maximise opportunities for engagement in EU programmes similar to Erasmus.

The Committee will produce a report for the Welsh Government later in the summer, based on the inquiry, Welsh Government recommendations and information consolidated at the event and other official meetings at the Senedd. Anna Dukes, Senior International Development Officer, who attended the event, said: "This was an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the opportunities available for our students and staff to gain that all important international experience. It was a forum to share the challenges and benefits of such initiatives."