THE STUDENT VOICE 
The European Students' Union monthly newsletter

Issue: January 2016 

Dear readers,

We hope you enjoyed your winter break and recharged your batteries for another year of both challenges and exciting opportunities.

What happened so far? January started with the BFUG Advisory group meeting where the Belarusian roadmap was discussed. ESU reminded that the implementation of the Bologna Process cannot be done in a "a la carte" manner and that students' participation in higher education decision-making processes is crucial.

We are disappointed to see that students' rights continue to be weakened in the UK, with government's new plans to scrap maintenance grants. Also, attacks on education took place again in Pakistan, where tens of students were killed in a violent terrorist attack.

On our side, we continue to fight for access to education for everyone, no matter their socio-economic background. In the coming weeks we will provide opportunities for students to participate to our Board Meeting Seminar in Bergen, as well as in 3 EQUIP workshops on quality assurance in higher education.

We are looking for your ideas and support in ensuring that this year education will be used as a tool in creating more egalitarian societies, instead of another ivory tower. 

Sincerely,
ESU team
News
ESU at Moldova BFUG Advisory group "Support for the Belarus roadmap"
On the 19th of January in Chisinau, Moldova BFUG Advisory group "Support for the Belarus roadmap" held its first meeting. ESU is a member of the group together with representatives from Belarus, Council of Europe, EI/ETUCE, European Commission, France, Germany, Holy See, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and United Kingdom.
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Abolition of maintenance grants for the poorest students in England will bring irreversible consequences on access to higher education
The European Students' Union expresses serious concerns at the Government's plans to abolish maintenance grants for the students from lower socio-economic backgrounds in England. The introduction of these plans has been extremely worrying, both for their consequences for the most disadvantaged students and for the procedures pursued by the Government in passing the relevant regulations through Parliament.
 
Attacks on education are unacceptable: ESU condemns deadly attack at Bacha Khan University
BRUSSELS - ESU strongly condemns the violent attack at Bacha Khan University and stands in solidarity with the families of the victims and the whole Pakistani population.
"The situation of fear and terror that these terrorist groups want to create, in order to gain power and rule over frightened people enslaved by ignorance can only be fought by the light of knowledge and education." says Chiara Patricolo, Human Right and Solidarity Coordinator, European Students' Union.
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The EU Studies Fair 2016 is less than two weeks away!
Join us for your opportunity to meet more than 50 top-level universities from Europe and beyond, and see what their programs in EU Studies, international relations, business, economics, law and public policy have to offer.
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Stay tuned for ESU's new campaign and win a waiver to our Board Meeting Seminar in Bergen, Norway
Are you a student and you feel your voice is not heard? Are you tired of being told what to think? We are looking for you! On the 1st of February ESU will launch a new campaign, giving students the opportunity to participate to our Board Meeting Seminar in Bergen from from 9 to 11 May 2016.
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The Old Continent, Young People & the future of the European Project
What would the future of EU look like? In light of a potential Brexit, mounting euroscepticism and terrorism, concrete solutions are needed to revive the "European dream" and the strong sense of optimism that once existed.
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[CoE] Youth delegates invited to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Call for applications for young people to take part in the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities' 30th and 31st sessions
22 - 24 March and 18 - 20 October 2016, Strasbourg (France)
Deadline: 5 February 2016.
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Youth and Social Media: Changing the World of Jobs and Skills
What would the future of EU look like? In light of a potential Brexit, mounting euroscepticism and terrorism, concrete solutions are needed to revive the "European dream" and the strong sense of optimism that once existed.
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Are universities the ultimate platform to nourish employability skills among youth?
Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), an intergovernmental organisation based in Singapore that promotes people-to-people and institutional collaboration between the two continents, is organising an exciting project: the 5th ASEM Rectors' Conference and Students' Forum (ARC5) on "Employability: Asia and Europe Prepare the New Generation" on 4-8 April 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Movies to see: ORIENTED
The European Students' Union recommends seeing ORIENTED - a film that challenges your view on sexual and human rights in Middle East.
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Project News
EQUIP - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Workshops on European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG)
BRUSSELS - Within the framework of the EQUIP Project, the European Students' Union is pleased to announce the opportunity to join the high-level conference on European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG). 

15 students will be selected and offered a grant of 300 Euros to join the workshop, taking place in Amsterdam between 14th-15th March 2016. Also, 15 grants will be given for the upcoming workshops in Vienna and Lisbon (see below).
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Members' News
Kunsill Studenti Universitarji: United for Research
Kunsill Studenti Universitarji (KSU), this year, launched the Students' Research Contribution Scheme. This is a scheme whereby students can support the ongoing research at the University of Malta, through an automatic contribution from their monthly student maintenance grant (stipend).
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UK: NUS fight to #CutTheCosts
Spiraling costs and deepening debt threaten to make education even more unequal than it already is. Despite the widespread recognition that debt was a significant cause of the 2008 crash, this government's education system saddles students with massive personal debt.
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ANOSR: Students react against plagiarism and academic imposture
The National Alliance of Student Organizations in Romania adopted, with student leaders from across the country, a study that condemned the phenomenon of plagiarism which is increasing in the Romanian education system, while also condemning the severe violations on ethics and academic integrity arising in this system.
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Students agains undemocratic surveillance states
In light of recent developments, many countries are considering tighter security policies. Belgium and France already experienced situations where states of emergency have been declared, without democratic inspection or participation. May states are considering new laws on surveilance and security sevices, where many of them overturn the juridical control of legislation.
New Publications
OECD - Trends Shaping Education in 2016
In light of recent developments, many countries are considering tighter security policies. Belgium and France already experienced situations where states of emergency have been declared, without democratic inspection or participation. May states are considering new laws on surveilance and security sevices, where many of them overturn the juridical control of legislation.
EC - Dropout and Completion in Higher Education in Europe
In December 2015, the European Commission has released a new report examining how higher education completion rates vary across regions of Europe.  The study is based on an extensive review of literature and policy documents on study success in higher education, a Europe-wide survey of national higher education experts and eight in-depth country case studies. According to the findings, 75 percent of the 35 European countries that were surveyed consider study success as important.
ESU in the Press

Upcoming Events
 

9-12 March 2016: European Students' Convention 31
 9-14 May 2016: Board Meeting 70 and Board Meeting Seminar
 



Current ESU Projects 
Below is a list of projects ESU is participating in as a Partner or Team Leader. 



Measuring and Comparing Achievements of Learning Outcomes in Higher Education in Europe (CALOHEE)






Enhancing Quality through Innovative Policy & Practice (EQUIP)
European Forum for Enhanced Collaboration in Teaching (EFFECT)