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If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
17 October 2016
Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM
What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
1 August 2016
Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM
On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
18 July 2016 More...
Starts: Jul 18, 2016 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.