Our Equalities Projects Intern, Laura Leonard, is completing her internship at IARS and off to new adventures, here is what she has to say about her internship:
"My time at IARS has been a brilliant opportunity to gain valuable experience of supporting a project that I feel passionate about - women’s rights. From my first day I had the choice of working on projects and activities that I was most interested in and given real responsibility and input- a refreshing experience for a volunteering role!
The Erasmus+ UK National Agency has published a statement about the status of the Erasmus+ programme in the context of the triggering of Article 50, the process for beginning the UK’s exit from the European Union. The European Commission has confirmed that during negotiations under Article 50, European Union treaties and law continue to apply to the UK, and this applies to projects financed through Erasmus+.
If you are currently taking part in a project or applying for funding to the Erasmus+ programme in the UK, please continue with your plans as usual.
Professor Theo Gavrielides, IARS' Founder and Director, claims: "The road that we have taken for security policy and practice is leading to further division and the erosion of our European societal values". He argues: "Europe is in a democratic deficit perpetuated by a number of challenges such as the economic downturn, fears of security, nationalism and the continuous marginalisation of the disempowered". His assumption? "There is an alternative vision for social cohesion".
Today, Mrs May sent a letter to the EU marking the start of the process to withdraw the UK from the EU and triggering "Article 50". As I listened to the seemingly endless news about the impact that coming out of Europe could have on our economy I was struck by the irony that it was not necessarily for economic reasons that the leave campaign won in the referendum.