SHIFT includes seven partners from four Countries (Belgium, Italy, Poland and United Kingdom) that ensure variety of cultural approaches, balancing large and small, Nordic, Eastern and Southern countries.
The partnership includes HEIs, private sector and non-governmental organization: such diversity allows to capture the various aspects of financial inclusion, access and participation to HE.
The partnership represents also different levels of experience in Erasmus+, with two partners new to the action.
The quality of the partnership is strengthened by the type of partners involved, each representing specifically relevant methods, skills and competencies, ensuring a sound and thorough approach for complete and reliable outputs.
Partners are endowed with the necessary profiles and professionals who guarantee relevant experience and expertise to deliver on the various aspects of the project (i.e. analytical, design, operational, technical, managerial).
The partnership capitalises on sectorial, geographic, thematic and technical diversity of partners, each brining a specialised perspective, expertise and knowledge.


Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce. Aston University is home to approximately 9,500 students and is based in the centre of Birmingham, one of Europe’s liveliest and most welcoming cities. Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment success for over 25 years.



Durham University, founded in 1832, has an excellent worldwide reputation in all areas of arts, humanities, natural and social sciences. It is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities, as shown by its top 100 position in various influential global league tables. The Business School at Durham University is triple-accredited (AMBA, AASB, and EQUIS) and one of the longest established business schools in the UK, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. [read more="Click here to Read More" less="Read Less"]It engages in a full range of higher educational activities, including high-quality teaching and learning at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, advanced research and scholarship, partnerships with businesses and other private and public sector bodies, and partnerships and initiatives with community and voluntary sector organisations.

Durham University Business School is proud to be an academic partner of the SHIFT project. The project is led by Dr Dennis Philip and his research team at the Centre for Banking, Institutions and Development (CBID). CBID has experience in leading various policy-oriented research projects, with international connectivity in both academia and practice. Research partners include central banks, commercial and cooperative banks, financial regulators and governmental organizations.

Dr Philip and the research team at CBID bring to SHIFT the expertise of implementing effective and innovative provisions for financial education internationally. They have been involved in designing and analysing household-level national benchmark surveys on financial literacy and education, implemented by the central banks and financial regulators in various countries, under the high-level principles of the OECD. [/read]

Website: Dennis Philip

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Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life. The University has recently enjoyed a period of tremendous growth, and we have achieved our ambition to be a top thirty research University, soaring up the 2014 Research Excellence Framework league table to 26th in the UK from 52nd in 2008.
Within Swansea University, the Section of Accounting and Finance, School of Management combines these two interrelated academic areas and produces teaching and research at a high standard.
All of the Accounting programs within the Section are professionally qualified by such as Association of Certified and Chartered Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW). [read more="Click here to Read More" less="Read Less"]The Finance group works with the Chartered Financial Adviser (CFA) UK, the Chartered Banker and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). The Section regularly also publishes in top international journals, including: Economic Journal, Economica, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Journal of Time Series Analysis, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics and many more. [/read]

Website: Dr Tim Zhou


The University of Nottingham is a world-class University, ranked in the top 20 in the UK's three major league tables: The Complete University Guide, 2018; The Guardian University Guide, 2019; The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2018. The University of Nottingham is also ranked as a world top 100 University by the QS World University Rankings 2019Website.


Website: Professor Enrico Onali

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The Institut de Haute Formation aux Politiques Communautaires asbl (IHF) is a non profit organisation established in Brussels since 2003. 

IHF promotes collaborative networks with partners (including non profit organisations and local authorities) for the provision of specialised training on European policies and the dissemination of values of European integration. [read more="Click here to Read More" less="Read Less"]

IHF organises awareness and training activities on EU Policies and Legislation, International Relations and Project Management, promoting the participation in EU-funding programmes. 

IHF organises also study groups to Brussels for young graduates, local authorities representatives, SMEs, Universities, promoting mobility activities at different training levels. IHF organised more than 50 study visits to Brussels for more than 700 people.

Thanks to its presence in Brussels IHF asbl developed relevant experience in the organisation of Dissemination and Valorisation activities at EU level, through contacts with MEPs, other European associations and Institutions, stakeholders and representatives of the European civil society.[/read]


A non-profit Foundation of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart that provides scholars with Student Support Services. EDUCatt pays serious attention to the centrality of the person, according to the teaching of Father Agostino Gemelli, the founder of the Catholic University. [read more="Click here to Read More" less="Read Less"]The aim of the Foundation is not only to provide services to students but also to guide them to their future in order to help them to create value with their work, competence and knowledge. The main goal is to provide services that match the real needs of students in order to give them focused and effective answers, keeping them up with technological development and innovation.[/read]


CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research is an independent, non-profit institute founded on the idea that research-based policy-making is vital for the economic welfare of societies. Established in Warsaw in 1991, CASE today is recognized as the top think tank in Central and Eastern Europe (according to the University of Pennsylvania Global Go To Think Tank Index) and is one of the most highly regarded think tanks internationally. [read more="Click here to Read More" less="Read Less"]Drawing on an experienced in-house staff, a network of fellows, and a database of approximately 1,000 experts, CASE provides rigorous quantitative and qualitative analyses, innovative methodologies, and sound recommendations. Since 1991 the organization has concluded over 700 projects in 50 countries on 5 continents.

While majority of CASE’s research is focused on four core thematic areas: (1) Growth & Trade; (2) Fiscal Policy; (3) Demography, Labour & Social Policy and (4) Innovation, Energy & Climate, the European Neighbourhood Policy and its implications remain a significant part of CASE experts’ work, marking its contribution to the new debates facing Europe. Historically, CASE mainly focused on policy advising through its extensive involvement in the early economic transition process in Poland, Central Europe and the post-Soviet states. Today, building upon this expertise, CASE seeks to take an active role in the debates on how to best meet the political and economic challenges facing the EU and its direct neighbourhood.[/read]

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IDP is a service and training company specialised in EU funding established in 1996 by professionals working since 1991 in Brussels in the frame of EU policies and EU funding programmes, providing 25 years of direct experience in EU funding.
With offices in Italy and Brussels, IDP has a proven track record in the development, submission and management of EU funded international collaborative projects in a wide range of thematic areas such as innovation, finance, entrepreneurship and education. [read more="Click here to Read More" less="Read Less"]

Since 1999, IDP develops and carries out specialised training courses on EU related issues (EU Institutions, policies, programmes, project management etc), delivering an average of +1000 hrs/year of training to +550 attendees per year.

IDP organises also study visits in Brussels to the EU Institutions or the participation of groups of AL to major EU events (such as the Open Days of DG Regio); moreover, it takes part in all EU events held in Brussels (Info days, conferences, meetings etc) and has regulars contacts with officers and representatives of Brussels-based Institutions, practitioners, associations and projects.[/read]