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A new database with best practices in the social dimension

VIENNA – The PL4SD database represents a great opportunity to contribute to shared peer learning on best practices developed within the area of the social dimension of higher education.

This project presents measures that share the common objective to reduce barriers to higher education and provide an inclusive environment for all, that can lead to their successful completion of higher education and to the reduction of social structural inequalities.

Intended to serve as a resource for policy makers and change agents, this is a powerful tool open to all of those that want to contribute, share best practices and comment on the exchanged experiences.

This is also a great opportunity for national unions of students (NUS) and their local members to participate in and directly contribute to, collect, comment and share cases for this database. NUSes can either propose measures for the database, find new inspiring ideas or comment on existing measures.

Student unions on all levels have engaged for the social dimension. Here are some examples;

– Student canteens

– Student housing
– Mentorship programs
– Student run loans and grants
– Projects for increased diversity in the student unions and councils
– Regular research
– Student daycare
– Support systems for students with disabilities
– Campaigns

Does your organisation have any initiatives like these or others? Promote your experiences and projects as well as your organisation’s point of view on already added measures.

Visit the website and contribute to the database here:

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For more information, please contact:

Elisabeth Gehrke, ESU Chairperson: +32/479.591.499 // or Robert Hlynur Baldursson, ESU Communications Manager: +32/473.669.894 //

The European Students’ Union, headquartered in Brussels, is the umbrella organisation of 47 national unions of students from 39 European countries. ESU represents and promotes the educational, social, economical and cultural interests of students at the European level. Through its member unions, ESU represents over 11 million students in Europe. To find out more about ESU, follow us on Twitter @ESUtwt, check out or Facebook page or visit ESU celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012.


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