In early February, ESN UofG was delighted to host the national training and decision-making conference of Erasmus Student Network UK - the National Platform. This three-day event was run in conjunction with ESN GCU, with a small team of internationally-minded students working hard to organise everything from scratch - from meals and accommodation, to all-day conference rooms and activities, to a full evening social programme. Successfully explaining the worth of their project, the Organising Committee obtained financial support from the Scottish Government, the University of Glasgow, and Glasgow Caledonian University.

They also invited a number of important stakeholders to the conference to speak on the value of student  mobility in current times. An excellent speech was given by Shirley-Ann Somerville, Scottish Minister for Higher Education, Further Education and Science.

Professor Jim Murdoch, UofG Dean for International Mobility welcomed all 65 of our delegates to the University of Glasgow, while Ms. Seonaid Dodds of the Study Abroad and Exchanges Office helped UofG studenobility in current times, with speakers from the British Council and the European Commission in atts deliver excellent training workshops to their peers on diverse topics such as collaborating as a society with your university on mobility issues, public speaking and how ESN voluntary work contributes to employability.

Overall, the conference was a huge success, with exceptional feedback confirming it was the most successful event in ESN UK’s history. ESN UofG is incredibly proud to have hosted such an important conference, equipping students across the country to promote and facilitate cultural exchange and mobility, and thanks the University of Glasgow for its support, without which NP Glasgow would not have been possible.

This event was organised by UofG students Theodora Strati, Anna Carmichael and Rosie Birchard.