Erasmus Student Prize
Erasmus Prize Competition
The British Council holds an annual Erasmus Essay and Photography Competition for Erasmus participants from the previous academic year. The closing date for the competition is usually the end of September each year.
This is an opportunity for Erasmus participants (students and staff) to receive recognition for their time abroad from their institution and the British Council. Institutions select their top entries from which the British Council then select the overall winners. The top three overall winners from all categories are invited to attend a special prize event at the British Council headquarters in London to accept their awards and prizes.
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Queen's Student wins UK Erasmus Student Prize 2009
A Queen’s University student has won a national award from the British Council for her account of seven months living and working in France.
Nuala McKay, from Randalstown, was named the overall UK Erasmus student essay prize winner for 2009 at the award ceremony in London, after submitting a piece on her time abroad. Her success has made it two in a row for Queen’s. Last year Law and French student Patrick Cassidy, from south Belfast, won the national award.
A final year French and English student, Nuala lived and worked in a small town called Pont-à-Mousson, in the Nancy-Metz region in the northeast of France, during the 2008-09 academic year.
Having been nominated as the winning Erasmus essay entrant from Queen’s, she scooped the national award and Erasmus ‘Stars’ trophy by delivering a presentation at the award ceremony on her experience of living and studying in France.
She said: "I had the time of my life and benefited tremendously from my placement. I had the opportunity to enjoy new experiences, learn new skills and visit new places, and my confidence has increased immensely in many ways.”
Congratulating Nuala, Cathy McEachern, Erasmus co-ordinator at Queen’s, said: “Nuala’s winning entry highlights what a wonderful experience living in another country can be. We hope that her success will inspire many more students to participate in the Erasmus programme.”
Dr Janice Carruthers, Head of French Studies, said: “We are delighted that Nuala has won this prestigious award. The year abroad is one of the most rewarding aspects of a languages degree, both linguistically and personally, and Nuala certainly made the most of the experience”.
Erasmus, administered in the United Kingdom by the British Council, is the European Union’s flagship exchange programme, enabling students and staff in higher education to study or work in another European country.
Each year up to 80 Queen’s students take part in the Erasmus scheme, studying at universities all over Europe. Another 120 Queen's students undertake Erasmus work placements in enterprises and industry across Europe.