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COMMENTS 

The Democratic Disconnect

In the eurozone, the EU needs greater legitimacy at the national level not only to secure space for domestic politics but also to secure respect for social and economic commitments over time.
Prof. Albert Weale
24 November 2014 More...

Starts: Nov 24, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Europe: Six decades of strife and controversy for UK

It's groundhog day in Britain, where the European Union is concerned. The context changes, but the basic issues do not.
Sir Stephen Wall
18 November 2014 More...

Starts: Nov 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The 9 November poll in Catalonia

The recent Scottish referendum set a precedent in contemporary Europe by seeking to deliver, in agreement between Westminster and Holyrood, a binding decision on Scotland's future. The 'participatory process' that took place in Catalonia on 9 November could not be more different. Why is this so, what are its consequences, and where might we be heading?
Dr Claire Colomb
Dr Uta Staiger

13 November 2014
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Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

UCL European Institute

UCL Strategy


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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.