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Why we post: a global perspective on social media

How do people use social media in different parts of the world, and what are the implications? Professor Daniel Miller explains what a team of anthropologists found by sending 15 months each in nine small towns all over the world, comparing social media use. You can engage with their research through a variety of free online resources including UCL’s first massive open online course (MOOC) starting on 29th February, a series of open access books published by UCL Press, and a short video.
25 November 2015
Daniel Miller  More...

Starts: Nov 25, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Cameron - Banning Milk and Cheese

Pablo Echenique is one of the five Podemos members elected to the European Parliament in 2014, and currently running for parliament in the upcoming Spanish general election. On Monday 26 October, he was scheduled to talk at the UCL European Institute, however the event had to be cancelled when he ran into difficulties at the UK Border. Here, he explains the full story…
2 November 2015
Pablo Echenique

Starts: Nov 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Flights from Freedom

Eva Hoffman, former editor of The New York Times and Visiting Professor at the UCL European Institute, asks what propels individuals to turn to extremist movements and argues that we need to build a ‘culture of democracy’ with shared norms and ethics.
22 October 2015
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Starts: Oct 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM

UCL European Institute

UCL Strategy


UCL's outlook recognises the importance of Europe and the EU to the university. The UCL Europe Strategy addresses how UCL can strengthen its role as one of the leading research-intensive universities in the European Union. The UCL Research Strategy and its associated Grand Challenges programme, in turn, aim to enhance the impact and recognition of UCL’s research on Europe and the EU.

UCL's Europe Strategy

The UCL Europe Strategy recognises that Europe is an expanding market for higher education, research and mobility, as well as a source for research funding. The key vision of the strategy is for UCL to strengthen its role in both the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the European Research Area (ERA).

In order to achieve this, the strategy has been designed to:

  • further the recognition of UCL as one of Europe’s leading centres for academic research and higher education
  • raise awareness of UCL as a European HEI and encourage greater mobility of students and staff between UCL and European HEIs
  • enlist from European HEIs, public bodies and commercial organisations support for UCL’s Grand Challenges.

The strategy (UCL users can download it here) was developed by the Pro-Provost for Europe, Professor Mike Wilson. The new Pro-Provost for Europe is Professor Peter Delves. Sitting also on the executive board of the European Institute, Mike Wilson works closely with us to develop key institutional alliances for the Institute and advise on European HEI contacts.

UCL Research Strategy & Grand Challenges

UCL has drawn up a responsive, flexible and evidence-based Research Strategy (pdf) grounded on the precepts of innovation and managed risk. This strategy aims to enable UCL to deliver excellence and generate global impact in a sustainable manner. It requires an intensification of the integration, synthesis and outreach of our research.

Therefore, UCL has prioritised areas in which such interdisciplinary partnerships can thrive and the academic, public and policy impact of UCL’s research may be enhanced. Called the Grand Challenges, they are new, cross-college programmes aiming to:

  • increase and strengthen research on complex and systemic challenges by working across and beyond traditional disciplines
  • form alliances and collaborations, across multiple disciplines, focused on issues of global significance
  • bring the expertise and analysis of these issues into public fora to engage funding agencies, opinion-makers and legislators
  • realise this vision in strategic partnership with other world-class universities, local and national governmental bodies, non-governmental organisations, the NHS, funding bodies and charities.

The European Institute forms part of this investment. For more information, see Grand Challenges.