Ukraine, the Turing Scheme, and Ten Issues to Watch in 2022: New Official Publications 24.01.22

Westminster & the UK Government

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© Parliamentary Copyright House of Commons 2022. Contains Parliamentary information licensed under the Open Parliament Licence v3.0

The Turing Scheme – “The Erasmus programme was launched in 1987 as an international education exchange with 11 participating member states, including the UK. It has enabled students to study in another European country – or a ‘partner country’ elsewhere in the world – by funding grants and waiving tuition fees. In 2014, the programme became Erasmus+ and expanded to include apprentices, volunteers, staff and youth exchanges, and jobseekers.

The decision to leave the European Union following the 2016 referendum did not necessarily mean the UK had to end its involvement with the Erasmus+ programme. The Government, however, said the terms for continued participation offered by the EU were not in the interests of the UK taxpayer.

On 24 December 2020, the Prime Minister announced the UK would no longer participate in the Erasmus+ programme, and it would be replaced by the Turing Scheme.”

Military Assistance to Ukraine – “UK and Western military assistance to Ukraine has been longstanding, but was increased significantly after 2014 and the Russian annexation of Crimea. Recent events, which have seen the build-up of Russian military forces on Ukraine’s borders, have once again thrown a spotlight on the nature of Western support to the country.”

Ukraine: Russia’s “red line” – “Russian military forces are building on the borders of Ukraine once again. What are Russia’s intentions and how is the West responding?”

Scottish Parliament & Government

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Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) – scoping survey findings – “This report describes scoping research carried out to inform the development of a review of Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA).”

Scotland’s care system for children and young people: subject profile – “This subject profile provides an introduction to the care system for children and young people in Scotland. It gives an overview of policy issues, recent developments and legislation in these areas. It has been designed as a resource for MSPs and their staff to help answer constituent queries.”

Regulation of child contact centre services consultation: analysis – “This report provides an analysis of the consultation responses to the consultation on the regulation of child contact centre services. This relates to the Children (Scotland) Act 2020.”

European Union

Image of the title page of the Future of Digital and Online Learning in Higher Education publication
© Publications Office of the European Union, 2022

The future of digital and online learning in higher education – “This reflection paper offers a systematic overview of the current debate on how the impact of the pandemic has been valued for digital and online learning practices and adaptations. As the pandemic has forced the established understanding of education and learning towards rapid digitalisation, this reflection focuses on the post-COVID-19 pandemic period and asks what kinds of propositions are indispensable, so that the deployed digital transformation of teaching and learning can endure in the future. In other words, will higher education return to known concepts and methods of primarily analogous teaching and learning in the post-pandemic period, or will the digital transformation last beyond the pandemic? Finally, who will benefit from continuing the digital transformation in higher education and who will be disadvantaged?”

The EU and the Coronavirus pandemic – “The present volume analyses European citizens’ views on the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19 is a coronavirus, which surfaced in Wuhan, China in December 2019, and has spread throughout the world. The World Health Organization has declared the situation a pandemic. Since 31 December 2019 and as of 5 August 2021, almost 200 million cases have been reported, including more than 4.2 million deaths. There were around 59 million reported cases in Europe at this time, including around 1.2 million deaths. The European Union has been working to contain the spread of the coronavirus, support national health systems, protect and save lives, and counter the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic at both national and EU level.”

Ten issues to watch in 2022 – “This is the sixth edition of an annual EPRS publication aimed at identifying and framing some of the key issues and policy areas that have the potential to feature prominently in public debate and on the political agenda of the European Union over the coming year. The topics analysed encompass achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining economic growth, securing supply chains of semiconductors, moving towards sustainable agriculture, ensuring nuclear non proliferation, shaping the economic recovery, striking the right balance in European monetary policy, promoting the uptake of connected devices in the EU, harnessing the momentum of the Conference on the Future of Europe, encouraging a continent where people in all their diversity are equal, and strengthening a European defence union.”

Official Statistics

Proposed changes to be implemented in Blue Book and Pink Book 2022 – “This article is part of a series describing proposed changes to the UK National Accounts and Balance of payments, which are being made in Blue Book 2022 and Pink Book 2022, to ensure that they continue to provide the best possible framework for analysing the UK economy and for international comparison.”

International comparisons of UK productivity (ICP), final estimates: 2020 – “A comparison of productivity across the G7 nations, including analysis of levels and growth rates of labour productivity (output per worker and output per hour worked) and multifactor productivity (MFP).”

Coronavirus, spending habits and socialising plans over Christmas, UK: January 2022 – “The effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on various aspects of society and economy over the Christmas season, using data from across UK government.”

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