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UPDATE, 14th July 2020
The updated academic calendar has now been published under the In-Coming Exchange/Academic calendar page


UPDATE, 16th June 2020

Dear applicant,

Thank you once again for your application to study with us here at University of the West of Scotland (UWS). We recognise the current pandemic will be causing uncertainty and wanted to keep you updated on our comprehensive plans for welcoming you to UWS this coming academic year. We are planning to begin our next academic year on 28th September 2020 when induction will commence for new and returning students. Colleagues from across UWS have been working extremely hard to develop a new hybrid model of learning that means all students will be able to access both on-campus and online delivery of learning and teaching, in-line with the Scottish Government’s four phase plan for coming out of the COVID-19 lockdown.  Despite the global challenges caused by the current pandemic, we want you to know that you can expect high-quality, accessible and engaging teaching and learning at UWS – and that you can look forward to a positive student experience, with wide-ranging support.

Based on current national information we expect to be able to deliver a hybrid learning model that will combine on-campus engagement with a technology-supported experience at the beginning of the academic year, in line with national guidance at the time. It is our aim to provide as much in-person learning and teaching, and as many support services and extra-curricular activities on our campuses, as public health advice and government guidance will enable. The hybrid model of online and face-to-face student experience we have developed means that despite physical distancing requirements, your learning will be supported by the highest quality teaching and educational support at UWS.

As you will appreciate, this is a fast-moving situation and none of us have all the answers. Please be assured, however, that we are working with governments, funders, health professionals and others to ensure UWS is compliant with national guidance in our planning for a welcoming and COVID-19 secure learning and campus experience for all students and colleagues. The slightly later start date to the academic year will give new and returning students, and UWS colleagues, more time to effectively prepare for the start of term.

We will be back in touch with you again in the coming weeks to provide more detailed information as the situation regarding the easing of lockdown further develops.  This will include further information in relation to your specific programme of study, student residences and on-campus facilities. We’re also working closely with the Students’ Union, and our colleagues, to plan for the key issues that may be foremost in your mind as you start to plan for life as a UWS student in September. We will however, continue to update our COVID-19 information hub on our website as our plans for the next academic year continue to develop so please also check here regularly.

Kind regards, Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor


UPDATE, 21st January 2020: the following was issued today by Europe Network, on the status of ERASMUS+
  1. UK General Election

Following the Conservative Party’s success in the UK General Election, it is now almost certain that the UK will leave the European Union on 31st January 2020 with a deal in place. UK and EU have negotiated a Withdrawal Agreement that is currently in its final stage of being passed into UK law. Once passed, the UK and EU will enter a transitional phase until 31st December 2020 which will ensure the following:

  • The UK remains a full participant in the ERASMUS+ programme until 31st December 2020.
  • Any ERASMUS+ projects (including Key Action 1 mobilities) funded under the Erasmus+ 2020 call or earlier will continue to be funded by the European Commission as normal, even if activity takes place after 31st December 2020, and will run until their normal completion dates.

Even if there is no future agreement reached with the UK at the end of the transition period, any active projects won under the ERASMUS+ 2020 call or earlier will still be able to be funded as normal, and therefore exchanges will be able to continue.

Be mindful, however (particularly for ERASMUS+ work placements), that there is currently no clarity on the future UK-EU immigration system, and therefore, although all activities will be eligible for funding post-December 2020, some activities may be restricted. Negotiations on the future immigration system will most likely be forthcoming as one of the principle areas of discussion once the Withdrawal Agreement Bill is passed into UK law.

  1. ERASMUS+ amendment

Last week, on 8 January 2020, UK MPs voted against a clause to amend the Withdrawal Agreement Bill. This would have legally required the UK government to seek to negotiate continuing its full membership for the Erasmus+ (2021-2027) programme. Although this amendment was not passed by the UK parliament, this does not automatically mean the UK will not participate in the future ERASMUS+ programme. Whether the UK will seek to be a full Programme country in the next programme will be a matter for future UK-EU negotiations, but UK ministers have previously stated they are open to participating. See UUKi’s response here.

The Department for Education also released the following statement:

There has been a lot of discussion about the UK’s continued involvement in ERASMUS+ and any successor scheme and some misinterpretations after MPs voted against an opposition amendment that would have added a new clause on Erasmus+ to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill. Chris Skidmore, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation has tweeted to confirm that the vote does not end or prevent the UK from participating in Erasmus+ after leaving the EU and the UK remains open to participation and this will be part of future negotiations with the EU.

  1. Prime Minister’s Questions
At Prime Minister’s Questions last week in the House of Commons, in response to a question posed by the SNP (Scottish Nationalist Party) the Prime Minister replied, There is no threat to the ERASMUS+ scheme, and we will continue to participate in it. UK students will continue to be able to enjoy the benefits of exchanges with our European friends and partners, just as they will be able to continue to come to this country.

Chris Skidmore, the Minister for Universities stated in Parliament today that this reassurance applies only to the UK’s participation in the programme until the end of 2020. The official UK government position remains that although the UK is open to participating in the future programme, it will be a matter for the future UK-EU negotiations.




UPDATE, 13th January 2020: this is what has become known about the impact of Brexit on student mobility to and from the EU.
ERASMUS+ Students and staff on ERASMUS+ and European Solidarity Corp programmes on the date of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU If the UK leaves without a deal, staff, students and trainees on ERASMUS+ and European Solidarity Corp (ESC) mobilities on 31st January 2020 should be able to complete their exchange and continue to receive the relevant funding or grants (subject to immigration policy in the resident country). This will apply to Scottish students studying at EU27 institutions and EU27 students studying at Scottish institutions. This is provided that the UK and EU reach an agreement on the eligibility of UK organisations to continue participation. It is recommended that Scottish institutions seek to make bilateral agreements with Erasmus+ partners which include a no-deal Brexit scenario. 

Withdrawal Agreement Bill – ERASMUS Clause:

On 8th January, MPs voted against New Clause 10 to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which would have required the Government to seek to negotiate continuing full membership of the ERASMUS+ programme. Although this means that negotiations on ERASMUS+ will not be included in legislation, it does not mean that the government cannot or will not seek full association.  In response to the vote, Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International, said: "The public response to last night's vote, and to UUKi's #SupportStudyAbroad campaign, shows just how important the Erasmus+ programme is to thousands across the country and we urge the government to consider this as it moves forwards. We are pleased that the Universities Minister has confirmed that the government is still open to participation in the programme, and that this will form part of future negotiations with the EU.

Without continued access to the Erasmus+ programme, 17,500 students a year could lose out on the opportunity to gain international experience. Because Erasmus+ placements are funded, the students who stand to lose the most are those who cannot afford to travel without financial support. Not only do students benefit from time spent overseas, but our economy benefits from graduates who bring global skills and networks to local businesses. In 2017, incoming Erasmus+ students generated £420 million in income for the UK. The government must commit to continued study abroad funding, either through full association to the Erasmus+ programme or through a national replacement scheme."

This statement can be read on the UUK website here: https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/International/news/Pages/Erasmus_withdrawal_agreement.aspx

Universities UK continues to urge the UK government to fully associate to the future Erasmus+ programme as part of the negotiations for the future UK-EU relationship. If the UK cannot negotiate continued participation to the Erasmus+ programme, we call for the implementation of a fully-funded national replacement scheme. 


Students and staff wishing to access Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corp programmes after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU In a no-deal scenario it is the UK Government’s intention to discuss with the European Commission the terms by which the UK would be able to continue to participate in Erasmus+. Provided an agreement can be met, it is envisaged that those projects / groups that fall within the scope of the UK’s new status would be able to submit future bids, covered by the funding guarantee. If terms cannot be agreed the UK would no longer retain access to the programme, and projects from the UK would not be eligible to make future bids. It is recommended that Scottish institutions make contingency plans with Erasmus+ partners for students who are expected to take up exchange programmes after 29 March 2019. 


SAAS eligibility

Current Position (24 April 2019) on Brexit

Under EU reciprocal arrangements the Scottish government provides tuition fee (and in some limited cases living-cost) support for eligible EU students and their family members, coming to Scotland to study. Due to various EU treaties, students from the EEA, Switzerland and Turkey may also be entitled to student support in certain circumstances.

There has been no change so far to the right of EU nationals to reside in the UK. Scotland as part of the UK remains part of the EU, and EU nationals working and studying in Scotland continue to be able to exercise their rights under EU Freedom of Movement until Brexit.  Following the UK's decision to withdraw from the EU, on 24th March 2017 the Scottish Government confirmed that eligible students who start their course in academic year 2018-19 would be eligible for funding for the duration of their course.

Students starting in academic year 2019-2020

On 1st February 2018, the Scottish Government confirmed it would meet the cost of tuition fees for eligible EU students starting their course in 2019-20, for the duration of their course.  The commitment to provide tuition to EU students in academic year 2019-20 extends to all eligible EU nationals and associated groups, on eligible further education, higher education (including nursing) and postgraduate courses that currently attract tuition fee support from the Scottish Government.

Students starting in academic year 2020-2021

On 19th April 2019, the Scottish Government confirmed it would meet the cost of tuition fees for eligible EU students starting their course in 2020-21, for the duration of the course.  The commitment to provide tuition to EU students in academic year 2020-21 extends to all eligible EU nationals and associated groups, on eligible further education, higher education (including Nursing) and postgraduate courses that currently attract tuition fee support from the Scottish Government.

Students starting in academic session 2021-2022

We are not in a position to confirm the funding policy for EU nationals and associated groups, starting a course of study in academic year 2021-22, as we are awaiting the outcome of EU exit negotiations between the UK Government and the EU.  However, we are aware that students may start considering from now where they would like to study in 2021 and we will provide a further advice as soon as we are able to; so please check back here regularly.


Furthermore, with regard to research and Horizon2020 projects, this is what was generally known on 28/6/2019.
Please access this link for details on the latest position (students on mobility exchange are not affected by these provisions; these are provided for information only on progress made).
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/horizon-2020-funding-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/horizon-2020-funding-if-theres-no-brexit-deal--2#after-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-in-a-no-deal-scenario





                                                                                       

                                  THE INDUCTION (ORIENTATION) AND ENROLMENT PROGRAM FOR JANUARY 2020 HAS NOW BEEN
                                                   PUBLISHED UNDER <INCOMING EXCHANGE/ACADEMIC CALENDAR>

                                                                                              

There is now updated information on available modules and programmes in Fall semester,
under the <Choosing Modules> section. Spring 2020 semester details will be published in late November 2019.
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                              On-line enrolment and registration for new students will take place during the induction days.
                                                                                                
                                                                                                                      Paisley campus on-line



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Union[s] Européennes: a mural in Montparnasse station in Paris celebrates couples who met through an Erasmus programme!

See below an article in the France Ireland chamber of commerce about the expo. A reunion of these first 18 European alumni took place at the Paisley campus of the University on Friday 23rd June 2017

 http://www.franceireland.ie/single-news/n/unions-europeennes-a-mural-in-montparnasse-station-in-paris-celebrates-couples-who-met-through-an-erasmus-programme/

                                                                                             
          

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