Erasmus Policy Statement
a) Queen's University Belfast's mission statement and strategic plan are underpinned by three key words - Leading, Inspiring, and Delivering:
Leading the educational, economic, cultural and social development of society in Northern Ireland and further afield
- Inspiring students and staff to maximise their potential
- Delivering a world-class research and education portfolio
An important aspect of the University's strategic plan is internationalisation of the curriculum. The University aims to embed an international perspective in teaching and learning, research and development. Through participation in Erasmus, it aims to enhance the quality of the education it provides and the research it undertakes through partnership with institutions in other European countries.
The University is committed to student and staff mobility which provides an interchange of information on education systems, policies and curricula and promotes understanding of different cultures and political systems within the European Union and partner countries. Given that the majority of students are from Northern Ireland, the policy of increasing the diversity of the student population by incoming mobility and of giving our students an international placement opportunity for self-development has driven the promotion of Erasmus within the University.
The University successfully co-ordinated two Intensive Programmes under the Socrates programme and intends to submit further applications under the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013. It was also a partner in various CDI, CDA and EM during this time. It was a member of several thematic networks in adult education, and successfully co ordinated a Grundtvig project. The Centre for European Studies, within the School of Politics and International Studies, is a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and hosts two Jean Monnet Chairs.
b) The Erasmus Policy Statement has the approval of the University's Vice-Chancellor and will be made available on the University's website.
Opportunities to participate in Erasmus are available in every Faculty of the University. Students are made aware of these opportunities through various publications and events, both during and prior to their studies at Queen's. The International Office advertises the opportunities on its website and in internal publications. Information seminars are also organised. Each participating School has an academic Erasmus Programme Director to co-ordinate and promote Erasmus activity.
Based on the principle of equality of opportunity in its Charter since 1908, the policy of the University is to ensure that no person is disadvantaged by reason of religious belief, political opinion, sex, marital status, race, colour, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or disability. The University is also bound by equality legislation in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1988. The Disability Services Unit of the University provides support to students with a wide range of disabilities.