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Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris, is a Scottish musician, DJ, producer, and songwriter. Born in 1984 as Adam Wiles, he changed his name to Calvin Harris for his music career.

Calvin Harris was born in Dumfries, Scotland and after leaving the high school he worked odd jobs in a supermarket and a fish processing factory. He worked these jobs so that someday he could afford the DJ equipment he needed to begin his music career. 

At 18 Harris released two songs and then moved to London to learn from the thriving music scene there. He only realized one song while living in London and eventually he was forced to return to Dumfries due to a lack of jobs and money. 

Once In Dumfries again he began posting homemade singles on his Myspace page, which gained enough popularity to garner attention from a music manager who had recently started his own firm, Calvin Harris became his first signing. 

Harris’ first album was released in 2007, “I Created Disco” he had worked on it for a year. Each track on the album was written, produced and performed by Harris alone. It reached number 8 on the UK Albums Charts. 

The same year, Kylie Minogue heard Harris’ songs and this leads her to a collaboration with him, co-writing and producing two songs in her album X.  

The following year, Harris’ collaboration with rapper Dizzee Rascal, “Dance wiv Me” reached number one in the UK. 

In 2009, “Ready for the Weekend,” Harris’ second album was released. Three of the 14 songs reached the top 20 in the UK, “I’m Not Alone” debuted at number one in the charts. 

Harris’ success continued with many recognizable singles such as We Found Love”, “This Is What You Came For”, “Summer” and “Feel So Close”. Possibly the most famous song is “We Found Love”, his collaboration with Rihanna. 

He is working on his 6th album currently, his music has transitioned into Funk style and cites Jamiroquai and Fatboy Slim as inspirations. He is active in charity work, raising money for causes such as Product Red, an anti-AIDS charity, Shelter, which looks to end homelessness in Scotland and after the 2017 Las Vegas shooting he donated to the Vegas Victims Fund.

The text was written in November 2019.

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Lorna Murphy is an Erasmus+ volunteer from Scotland, UK, graduated in tourism management and loves travelling.


Erasmus+ is a program of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth, and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the program acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.

Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.

In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.

European Voluntary Service

Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.

We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.

Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.