Welcome to the UCL European Institute, UCL's hub for research, collaboration and information on Europe and the European Union.
UCL European Institute
The age-old question of what holds our societies together re-emerges periodically, particularly in times of crisis. In a world ever more globalised and virtual, the answer is often cast in terms of "trust", with its pivotal role as regularly called upon as its health called into question. How has trust risen to this centrality, and is it all as straightforward as it seems?
Dr Uta Staiger
13 August 2014
Starts: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Juncker’s nomination was not a sudden, not an unexpected and not even a distinct event. Neither does it spell
an end to the European Council’s dominance in constitutional politics or
make EU reform less likely.
Dr Christine Reh
2 July 2014
Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM
As a closer look at the European
Parliament Elections in Central and Eastern Europe suggests, it may be
non-voting, rather than populist protest voting, which could prove the
long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...
Starts: Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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.