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Press release: Lib Dems launch campaign to save Erasmus programme for Canterbury students

July 28, 2016 5:00 PM

Lib Dems launch campaign to save Erasmus programme for Canterbury students

Canterbury Street Stall July 2016

Out campaigning on Canterbury High St in support of the petition

The Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to safeguard access to the Erasmus exchange scheme for hundreds of students in Canterbury. A petition has been launched that urges both the government and EU leaders to preserve Erasmus opportunities for UK students in the coming Brexit negotiations.

The latest figures show over 1,700 students from Universities in Canterbury have studied abroad using the Erasmus scheme since 2007. Around 2,200 more students from the city were expected to benefit from Erasmus from now until 2020.

Young people going on the scheme benefit from free tuition and a monthly grant of around £240 to help with living costs. Separate schemes also give young people in vocational training the opportunity to do apprenticeships abroad.

James Flanagan, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesman for Canterbury, said:

"Hundreds of students starting university in Canterbury in September will be hoping for the chance to take part in this scheme.

"Young people overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU. It would be wrong to deprive them of this once in a lifetime opportunity to study or train abroad.

"That is why the Liberal Democrats are calling on the government and EU leaders to confirm that they will have access to the Erasmus scheme whatever happens next."

The Liberal Democrats petition to Save Erasmus can be found here.

The campaign can be found on Twitter under #SaveErasmus

There are several schemes under the Erasmus+ for vocational education and training (VET)

Erasmus students by South East University, 2007 - 2014 (Erasmus Plus)