Sharing the European Experience…

In September 2015 the UK RECOVEU team presented at The European Experience: A conference for Academics involved in EU funded projects. It was a one day event hosted by Staffordshire University that was targeted at academics that would like to: a) tell other interested parties about the project they are involved in, b) learn from current or recent projects funded by the EU, and c) network with experienced project coordinators for ideas and future collaborations. The conference featured a varied set of presentations on EU projects that delegates were involved in and a number of breakout sessions that discussed relevant issues around bidding for, and working on, EU projects (from bid to final report, regional research strategy, Erasmus+ and key priorities for future funding, and effective dissemination). The conference ended with a lively plenary panel discussion of key aspects around developing and running EU projects.

The RECOVEU project presentation, titled RECOVEU – Learning activities to help adults in addiction recovery, was given by Amanda Hughes, who outlined the aims and objectives of RECOVEU, which is funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), and a rationale for its development. A key aspect of the presentation was how the UK team, who developed the project, translated the key priorities of the Lifelong Learning Programme into a specific issue that matches the skill set of UK team members (academic research, educational resource development, and drug practitioner perspectives); and following on from that, how partners were chosen to ensure access to the target group of adults in addiction recovery and also to bring in additional skills so that other LLP priorities could be addressed (such as the development of digital literacy). The conference presented a useful opportunity to share lessons learned in this process and gain some insight into how other project teams addressed similar issues.