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Celtic Nations EU Seminar 30 Jan 2014 Posted on 30/01/2014 00:00:00 Over 70 delegates attended this event on Thursday 30 January 2014 in the Crowne Plaza, Dundalk. The event was sponsored by DEL and aimed at informing Colleges about EU opportunities and to encourage the development of potential EU project ideas. Delegates were from NI, RoI, Scotland and Wales. The event kicked off with a pre-dinner networking event on Wednesday night introduced by Dr Alan Blair of Colleges NI who welcomed Fergus O'Dowd, Minister of State, Deputy Secretary in DEL Heather Cousins and College / Institutes of Technology [IT] from across Northern Ireland, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The main conference on Thursday was compered by Dr Alan Blair (Colleges NI), Andrew Brownlee (Institutes of Technology Ireland) and Dugald Craig (West of Scotland Colleges' Partnership).

Presentations were given on funding opportunities from:

  • ERASMUS+ by Nicola Poultney, Ecorys UK Ltd, Gerry O'Sullivan, Higher Education Authority and Patrick Halley, Leargas - deadline for current round of funding is 30 April 2014 - 1 funding round per year
  • INTERREG VA NI / Ireland circa 200m, other INTERREG VB and VC programmes (e.g. Northern Periphery circa 35m, NW Europe 340m, Atlantic Area) and PEACE IV (circa 200m) by Shaun Henry, SEUPB. E.g. potential opportunities for FE involvement in young people peace projects through forging links with local authorities.
  • INTERREG V Ireland / Wales by Cathal Reilly
  • HORIZON 2020 by Ciaran Prunty, EU Thematic Lead (Engineering) / NI Horizon 2020 Contact Point

Examples of successful projects by:

  • West of Scotland Colleges partnership project - FLLEX presented by Dugald Craig, WoSCoP, 23 partners, 10 countries, looking at impacts on lifelong learning, more importantly significant relationships built
  • IT Sligo & Others - CREST project presented by John Bartlett showing how an IT has worked with other FE Colleges in NI, RoI, Scotland etc to meet the needs of industry.  Paddy Campbell - a Donegal businessman who benefitted from the College expertise through this initiative spoke about the benefits brought through the FE sector.

Useful website links mentioned throughout today's conference are as follows:


Website / Weblink

ITI Horizon 2020 app to source potential partners   

Horizon 2020 Contact Points for NI

EC website for update to date info on Horizon 2020 projects



INTERREG VA Ireland / Wales


Northern Periphery

North West Europe

Atlantic Area

The SEUPB does not manage these programmes but has some useful information on this website:


Institute of Technology Ireland (umbrella body for IoT's)

West of Scotland Colleges Partnership website 

Colleges Wales



Copies of all the presentations  will follow....

Images from the day


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