Lib Dems launch campaign to save Erasmus programme for Sussex students

Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to preserve the Erasmus study abroad programme for students in Sussex in the coming Brexit negotiations.

Thursday, 14th July 2016, 1:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:44 pm

Since 2007, more than 1250 student across Sussex universities have studied in the Europe on the scheme – including 58 from the University of Chichester – which offers free tuition and a monthly grant of around £240 to help with living costs, as well as vocational training through apprenticeships.

Around 77 Chichester students were expected to benefit from the programme by 2020, totalling 1580 predicted students across Sussex.

James MacCleary, a local Lib Dem campaigner, said: “Thousands of students starting university in Sussex, and across the country, in September will be hoping for the chance to take part in this scheme.

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

“I hope that we can keep this scheme going. We should be opening doors for young people to study abroad and not only learn about their chosen subject, but also about other cultures.

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

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