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RGU International Exchanges Manager wins national prize


Robert Gordon University’s International Exchanges Manager has been awarded for sharing her personal story of how the European Union staff and student exchange programme –Erasmus – has benefitted her life and career.  

Julia KennedyRGU’s Julia Kennedy was selected as one of the winners of the British Council and Ecorys Lifelong Learning Programme and Youth in Action Competition 2012, entitled ‘Your Story’.

She was awarded the Erasmus Staff Essay first prize and collected her accolade in a ceremony held in the British Council, London, on 15 November 2012.

Hundreds of people from across the UK took part in the competition and shared their fascinating stories and images of how the programmes have helped them to broaden their horizons and the impact it has had on their lives, careers and education.

Julia’s essay was about how Erasmus has impacted on her life – from studying abroad in Spain in 1992 up to the present day where she now encourages students and staff to also participate in the programme.

Julia said: “I am absolutely delighted to have won the competition. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to tell my Erasmus story and to share the message that studying abroad has an impact on individuals that lasts well beyond the time of the study period itself.”

It was a day of double celebration for RGU, as senior lecturer from the University’s Department of Communication, Marketing and Media, Andrew Turnbull, was Highly Commended in the same award category.

Ruth Sinclair-Jones, Head of EU Programmes at the British Council commented: “The Lifelong Learning Programme and Youth in Action Programme provide fantastic opportunities for organisations, staff and learners involved in education and training to work together, learn from each others' expertise, and widen their experience of other cultures and languages.

“This competition gives us all the chance to have a glimpse of the life-changing experiences that they enjoy. Their words, films and photographs provide an insight into the benefits of the programme and its impact on the lives of those who take part. We congratulate all the winners and hope their stories will inspire others to take part in these programmes.”

Photo caption:

(l-r) John Worne (Executive Board, British Council), Julia Kennedy and Simon Hunt (Youth on the Move Ambassador and former England 7s Rugby player, currently playing for Moseley).

Notes to editor

Funded by the European Commission, the Lifelong Learning Programme supports a wide range of education and training activities across Europe and provides opportunities for all stages of lifelong learning and is managed in the UK by the British Council and Ecorys.
The Youth in Action programme, also funded by the European Commission, offers a range of international activities for young people aged 18 -30 and is managed in the UK by the British Council.

In the UK, thousands of projects and individuals are funded each year.
The Lifelong Learning Programme is made up of several programmes, each aimed at a specific target group: Comenius and eTwinning for schools; Erasmus for Higher Education; Leonardo for Vocational Education and Training; Grundtvig for Adult Education (non vocational) and Transversal for Learning professionals.

Issued by:

Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer|Faculty of Health and Social Care
Robert Gordon University
T: 01224 262389
E: newsdesk@rgu.ac.uk