DARE Erasmus+ Programmes

Where we engage students and teaching staff on international mobility expeditions every year as part of their course learning in specific fields.

First Scottish College to be Awarded Erasmus+ VET Mobility Charter

Dundee and Angus College Reaching into Europe (DARE) is a project funded by the five-year Erasmus VET Mobility Charter (2016-2021). Over the past three years it has sent more than 300 staff and students from 14 different departments to destinations including Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Greece, Finland, Slovenia, Germany, Czech Republic and Sweden.

The project concentrates on ‘using work-based learning to develop creativity and higher order thinking skills’. It is about using 360-degree learning experiences to increase student employability. The college believes the mobility experience has a positive impact on learning retention, attainment and achievement rates.

Staff also benefit from mobilities which often focus on new curriculum designs, how to increase employer involvement in the programme, how to implement their own work experience to enhance learner skills and knowledge, as well as how to embed Career Management Skills (skills for learning, life and work) in the curriculum. Staff mobilities are centred on examples of best practices, and the learning and teaching approaches used by our partners.

All mobilities align with D&A College priorities:

  • Curriculum Design/Enhancement; L&T Approaches/Assessment/Innovation
  • Retention; Improving Access; Health & Wellbeing
  • Leadership/Life Long Learning/Upskilling
  • Employability Skills (360 degree learning)
  • Digital/Blended Curriculum
  • Partnerships/Collaboration
  • Sharing Best Practice
  • Shaping Policy
  • Building Capacity and Sustainability

ACHIEVING MORE FROM MOBILITIES

New Help Points
After a staff mobility visit to Amsterdam, the College introduced Help Points at each campus - a one-stop-shop facility where students and staff can get assistance with queries.

Fancy some Fika Time?
A mobility trip to Sweden resulted in various College departments adopting Fika Time where staff meet up, have a coffee and a chit-chat the Swedish way. A great chance to refresh the brain, strengthen relationships and focus on wellbeing.

College Service Design Journey in Helsinki
What Katie Murrie, Senior Consultant at SDA, found out about Service Design the Finnish way . . . 

"In only 48 hours we learnt and absorbed so much. I didn’t come with any assumptions. I was willing to completely immerse myself in the culture, eager to learn about the magic behind the design revolution in Helsinki, only to discover that it has all been down to a lot of hard work, trust, respect, dedication and having the right ‘structures’ in place to support freedom."

Student Slovenia Sustainable Development Journey
Former Travel and Tourism student Benjamin Lang travelled to Slovenia on an Erasmus trip organised by the College's International team.

As Benjamin says, "This trip really opened my eyes to the importance of our impact on the environment and of planning sustainable tourism activities. It was a huge opportunity and it set me off on an entirely new train of thought."