NRC receives €300K to fund key projects

Matt Murray, Head of Engineering and Built Environment, and Irvine Abraham, Business Development Manager at Northern Regional College, celebrate the success of European Funding awarded to the college recently to develop Robotics and Student Enterprise. INLT 33-803CON
Matt Murray, Head of Engineering and Built Environment, and Irvine Abraham, Business Development Manager at Northern Regional College, celebrate the success of European Funding awarded to the college recently to develop Robotics and Student Enterprise. INLT 33-803CON

Students at the Northern Regional College will benefit from European funding which has recently been awarded after a successful application.

The substantial investment, amounting to €300,000 was secured from Erasmus+

The funding will support two vital projects at the college, Robotics and Automation Careers in Engineering for the 21st century (RACE21) and Enterprise is VITAL (Vision, Innovation, Teamwork, Achievement and Leadership).

These exciting ventures, which are set to commence next month, will see staff and students co-operating and sharing best practice leading to integrating robotic solutions in an industrial setting and exploring self-employment as a career option.

Travel opportunities will arise for both staff and students, with the projects enabling them to travel to partner colleges, employers and start-up agencies in Spain, Portugal, Finland, Romania, Italy and the Czech Republic.

Students on both the RACE21 and Enterprise is VITAL courses will gain a European wide credit for their learning.

Project co-ordinator Irvine Abraham said: “We are delighted to have been successful in Erasmus+ and are looking ahead to starting these projects. 20 staff and over 600 students will benefit from these projects and the opportunities they will provide to learn abroad.”

Erasmus+ is the European Union’s (EU) programme for education, training, youth and sport, with the EU committing £12 billion to the programme between 2014 and 2020. The programme is managed in the United Kingdom by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK.

The project is funded under Key Action 2 of the programme. Strategic Partnerships Cooperation for Innovation and the exchange of good practices.

For more information about funding opportunities visit www.erasmusplus.org.uk, or use the hashtag #epluspeople to see other projects from across the UK.