When the government’s plans to cease the UK’s involvement with Erasmus+ attracted immediate criticism, a number of Conservative MPs began attacking the current scheme and claiming that its replacement (Turing) would be far better.
One of these was David Johnston, the Wantage MP, who claimed in his Spectator article that Erasmus+ was only beneficial for better-off students and so worked against the interests of those from lower-income families.
Dr Alice Prochaska, the former Principal of Somerville College, penned a response to refute this claim (here), highlighting in the process a number of cases to show why this wasn’t so.
Since then, many people have contacted us and it is clear that, in contrast to the MPs’ assertions, students from all levels of income have taken advantage of Erasmus.
However, the MPs were right in one way – all those who wrote felt they were better-off for having been allowed the chance to enjoy the benefits Erasmus brought.
That got us to think whether we could help those politicians who want to see the end of Erasmus, by having people tell us how it affected (and hopefully helped) their lives.
So, if you have taken part during the last 33 years, drop us a note of your experiences in the comments section below. It doesn’t have to be long – just a few sentences outlining what you did, how you benefited and maybe what impact it had on your future.
Please spread the word. Have any of your relatives taken part? If you are a teacher, maybe you had pupils who did. Even if you have no direct experience yourself, you can post a link to this page on your favourite social media site using the hashtag #myerasmus.
We look forward to hearing from you.