From the Houses of Parliament to St Paul’s Cathedral, London has some of the world’s most historic landmarks. But how do you make such prestigious heritage sites accessible for all in the 21st century? One of our Grundtvig projects has been looking at just that and the importance of inclusive design.
‘Universal Design: Barrier-Free Environment was a two-year Grundtvig partnership between disability and access organisations from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain and the UK. The project aimes to promote inclusive design and help local authorities improve access to their towns and public spaces. The Centre for Accessible Environments, (CAE), a leading authority on inclusive design was the UK partner and tells us more about the project…
One year ago today, NASA successfully launched the Mars Curiosity Rover, Nick Skelton and the GB show jumping team leaped to victory winning a Gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics, and the Lifelong Learning Programme announced the 2013 Call for Proposals for the Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal programmes.
Now, 12 months later, there’s been a lot of positive change: the Curiosity Rover has discovered evidence to suggest why Mars lost its original atmosphere, Nick Skelton has been awarded an OBE and the Lifelong Learning Programme has funded almost 700 more education and training projects and is now evolving into the new Erasmus+ programme.
With the deadline for the final reports for the 2011 fast approaching, the Leonardo and Grundtvig Small Scale Co-operation teams organised a seminar designed to help beneficiaries along the way. Leonardo and Grundtvig Project Administrators, Magdalena Dushanova and Maria Miranda, put together this blog about the day to help prepare and advise on final report content.
The aim of the Final Report Seminar was simple: to provide support and guidance to UK partners and explain the purpose of the final report and the impact it could have on future partnerships. Over 90 people attended the event held at Austin Court in Birmingham on 18 June which included presentations from members of the Leonardo and Grundtvig teams on:
-What the report should cover
-How to use the European shared database
-How to disseminate the success of projects through different media
It has been an exciting time over the past week as the new programme for education, training, youth and sport has been confirmed as Erasmus+. During the transition to the new programme which is due to start in January, we want to be with you every step of the way. We’ve put together some new resources all about Erasmus+ and to answer some of the key questions you may have going forward…
Our Grundtvig and Leonardo Partnerships team have been busy this week hosting their Final Report Seminar at Austin Court in Birmingham.
The event provides projects with clear guidance on completing their Final Report, as well as the opportunity to share their best practice with other organisations from across the UK and meet the National Agency team to discuss any queries.
As part of the Communications Team, I was delighted to be invited along to talk to projects about how they can share their success, with information on the types of dissemination activities and opportunities open to projects throughout their funding journey.
We produce a wide range of guidance notes including ‘Sharing Success’ and ‘Making a Difference’. Projects can also feature on the projects around the UK map on our website, and in our newsletters and publications.
Social media is a great way of getting the latest project activities out to a large audience. We have a guidance note and online resource for projects wanting to explore the different platforms and ‘Get Connected’. Projects can also follow us on Twitter @llpUKecorys, like us on Facebook, and we have a blog where we regularly feature project case studies, films, quotes and even poetry!
Many of the projects at the event are already well underway with their dissemination activities and it was inspiring to hear from some organisations on how they are using social media at events to engage their audiences.
With the projects coming to the end of their lifecycles, dissemination activities are important for raising awareness and demonstrating the impact of their project achievements and outputs. If you would like to share your success and have any tips to offer other projects for dissemination, please leave your comments below!
Information on the Final Report Seminar will be available shortly on our website.
Happy Learning at Work Day! For any of you who may not know, today is the Campaign for Learning’s annual awareness day to support learning in the workplace. LAW day forms part of Adult Learners’ Week, which draws to a close tomorrow, so we take a look at the biggest annual celebration of workplace learning and the wider European agenda for adult learning.
Many ways to learn
The theme for this year’s Learning at Work day is just that. The campaign highlights the point that now, possibly more than ever, workplaces and their staff need to build their skills in a bid to tackle the economic downturn.
Learners, workplaces and learning providers can all take part in this year’s event and there are initiatives across the country to encourage people to learn. You can see all these available so far here. Thousands of organisations took part in the campaign last year and staged business-related learning activities. This was all with the aim to provide new skills where employees could uncover hidden talents and show there is no age limit for learning.