The EU's role in British Higher Education

01 December 2011

Representatives from the British Council will give evidence to the Lords Social Policies and Consumer Protection EU Sub-Committee on Thursday 1 December, as part of their inquiry examining what contribution the EU can make to boost mobility, provide funding and promote best practice across Europe’s higher education sector.

The British Council specialises in international educational and cultural opportunities and provides advice, guidance and help for students and teachers looking to either come to the UK to work or study, or go from the UK to the rest of Europe.


At 10am, Thursday 1 December, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

  • David Hibler, Erasmus Programme Manager
  • Dr Jo Beall, Director, Education and Society
  • Simon Williams, Head of EU Programmes

The Committee will question the witnesses on issues including:

  • If – and where – the EU adds value for UK institutions, given its limited powers to act in the higher education sector
  • How can the EU help HE institutions to make a significant contribution to generating jobs, innovation and growth in the EU?
  • How the EU can help to boost the mobility of both students and researchers, including tackling the low take-up of the Erasmus programme in the UK
  • How the EU makes funding available to higher education institutions and if this can be improved

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