Outgoing International Visits


Study Visits offer an opportunity to exchange experiences and expertise on education policy and practices across Europe.

Since 2007, a number of SRC staff have taken part in visits to other European countries for periods of up to five days. To find out more about some of the Transversal Projects SRC have been involved in please select from below.

Improving Quality Management Systems at Educational Centres

Jill Magennis attended a study visit to Sanliurfa in South Eastern Turkey from 3rd-10th May 2014. There were 12 educational representatives from a range of countries across Europe including Portugal, Spain, Finland, Norway, Austria, Italy, Hungary and Germany.

The team was made up of lecturers, principles, school advisors and inspectors. The programme involved sharing of good practice in achieving and maintaining high levels of quality in education. This gave Jill the opportunity to share procedures from N.Ireland and learn from other regions.

The host team who lead Total Quality Management (TQM) for the Provincial Directorate of National Education across the region led lectures and workshops in defining quality, strategic planning, the inspection process and TQM. Jill learnt that TQM allows schools to be proud of their achievements and show levels of quality for a range of stakeholders.

The visit involved field visits to educational settings including a preschool, primary school, secondary school and a vocational college. Each of these schools has been awarded quality achievements and dedication to improved quality was evident to all of the team. The school improvement team in each setting delivered a presentation and this was followed by discussion surrounding quality assurance and management. In the preschool the children welcomed the European team with music, dancing and a drama; the children were proud to share their learning experiences with us. Overall, the visit highlighted the excellent provision and practices in place both at home and across Europe and links have been made for future projects.

Sustainability in Education - From Curriculum to Reality


Sean McNally has travelled to Zagreb, Croatia to look at successful collaboration between different actors in education – civil society, schools and education authorities in prioritising sustainability in education.

Fiona Breen will be looking at The EU '20-20-20' energy strategy which demands big changes in terms of production, supply and storage of energy as well as in handicraft, engineering, architectural and urban planning processes in Berlin, Germany.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

A lecturer from the School of Hospitality and Tourism, Shirley Walker, was awarded a place on one of the last of the ECORYS Transversal Study Visit Programmes. The visit took place in Malta on the 19th to 23rd May 2014 to study 'Strengthening and Encouraging VET: Malta as a case study.'

Whilst there, the group which included participants from 9 European countries, were invited to the launch event for ERASMUS + hosted by the European Minister for Education and Employment.

Malta has a similar education system to Northern Ireland and also struggles with related issues of youth unemployment and an under-skilled population. The study programme was particularly relevant as it was related to Vocational and Educational Training and the challenges of transforming education systems to incorporate vocational training through secondary education and post compulsory education.

Visits were made to the Institute of Tourism Studies, Malta College of Arts Science and Technology, Lufthansa Technik and The Employment Training Centre. The aim now is to develop opportunities for placement students on BTEC Travel & Tourism programmes to the beautiful island of Malta.

Exploring Best Practice in Sitges Spain

Hospitality tutor, Anne Murray from the School of Hospitality, Business and Management recently visited Sitges, Spain to participate in a 3 day job shadowing and observation period, organised by the Institut Joan Ramon Benaprès Spain in conjunction with the International Affairs team at SRC.

The Institut Joan Ramon Benaprès is a College is based in Sitges, Spain which is a town about 35 kilometres southwest of Barcelona. The Institut Joan Ramon Benaprès is known as a centre of excellence in hospitality in the region.

Anne’s job shadowing/ observation enabled her to gain the opportunity to develop her skills, knowledge and experience and gain an insight into new working practices within a European setting. 10 hospitality students will now undertake a 2 week work placement in Sitges Spain in June 2016.

On returning from her visit Anne commented “This College offers excellent openings to see, train and gain new ideas and skills. Amenities, facilities and standards in Sitges are very high and offer exceptional and life changing opportunities for SRC students”.
Since 2007 SRC’s International Affairs team have secured over €2m in EU funding through the Lifelong Learning (LLP) & Erasmus + Programmes for 55 EU projects. These have enabled over 20 staff and 100 students each year to secure work-placements and job shadowing abroad.

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Exploring Best Practice in San Sebastian

Head of School Lindsay Bronte and Deputy Head of School Gary Mackin from the School of Engineering & Construction along with Head of School Fiona Bradley and Lecturer Tanya McAleenan from the School of hospitality, Business & Management took part in a 3 day job shadowing & observation period in the Basque Country Spain.
The job shadowing & observation period was organised by the International Departments of both Tknika and SRC. Tknika is an institute of innovation created by the Basque Ministry of Education based in San Sebastian.
The job shadowing included best practice observation at Tknika, Leioa (School of Hospitality) and CEBANC (culinary School) REPELEGA GLBHI Engineering and Usurbil GLBHI
This gave staff the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and experience in a European context and to gain an insight into new working practices.
The impact of this International visit will be an enriched curriculum for staff and students and further development of international networks.
Since 2007 SRC’s International Affairs team have secured over €2m in EU funding through the Lifelong Learning (LLP) & Erasmus + Programmes for 55 EU projects. These have enabled over 20 staff and 100 students each year to secure work-placements and job shadowing abroad.