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From Indyref to Indignados: how passions and politics mix

As Scotland heads to the polls, this piece discusses the extent to which emotions have arrived at the heart of contemporary politics – yet we still hesitate to admit it. Emotions can neither be banished nor ignored when we discuss what constitutes political communities, how political decisions should be made and political action springs into being. Yet to embrace the rise of emotional politics without acknowledging how intimately it is and should be entangled with reason equally risks undermining just political action.
Dr Uta Staiger
18 September 2014

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

10 things you need to know about what will happen if Scotland votes yes

As the Scottish independence referendum draws closer the outcome is hard to predict. Both Westminster politicians and the wider public are asking what – in practical terms – would happen if the Scots were to vote Yes. Robert Hazell offers a 10-point overview of what the road to independence might look like.
Professor Robert Hazell
9 September 2014

Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The truth is, Scandinavia is neither heaven nor hell

The Nordic countries have received exceptionally good press in the UK - at least until earlier this year, when British travel writer and resident of Denmark, Michael Booth, claimed to dispel the of Scandinavia as the perfect place to live. Many are now confused. Is everything we believed about the social ideals of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland a lie? Well, not entirely but we’re not all drunk serial killers either.
Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
19 August 2014 More...

Starts: Sep 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM

EU and European Careers Event 2014

Publication date: Mar 4, 2014 12:21:04 PM

Start: Mar 21, 2014 12:00:00 AM

21 March 2014
The EU Careers Event, organised by the UCL European Institute & UCLU European Society, offers students an overview over career options with EU institutions, UK civil service, and relevant private and third-sector organisations and provides an insight into access pathways and entry criteria.

21 March 2014, 5.30pm

G08 Sir David Davies LT
Roberts Engineering Building
Torrington Place, London WC1E

This event is now sold out.

BUT: come along to the networking event with speakers after the talks at 7.00pm (Roberts Foyer).

Filmed talks and resources will be online soon after the event!

EU Careers

Eventbrite - EU and European Careers Event 2014

Speakers will give presentations during a 1h30min panel discussion and Q&A followed by a networking session with the speakers and further invitees.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Sakib Ershad: Parliamentary advisor to MEP Sajjad Karim (Conservative Spokesman for Legal Affairs)
  • Gervase Pouden: European Fast Stream, UK Civil Service
  • John Evans: Staff translator with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Translation
  • Gergely Polner: Head of EU Affairs, British Bankers Association
  • Claudia Chwalisz: Policy researcher at London think tank Policy Network
  • Chair: Christine Reh, Senior Lecturer in European Politics, UCL School of Public Policy

At the networking session, we will be joined by:

  • Marley Morris: Researcher at Counterpoint

  • Sakib Ershad has been working as a parliamentary assistant to Sajjad Karim MEP in the European Parliament since August 2011. Previously, Mr Ershad was a parliamentary assistant to Jacqueline Foster MEP in the European Parliament and specialised in EU transport policy. He was also the Conservative Councillor candidate for May 2010 election. Mr Ershad ran as the Conservative Council candidate in the May 2010 election in Tower Hamlets, London. He achieved 1,280 votes and campaigned to elect the first Conservative councillor in Limehouse. He undertook various campaign tasks such as featuring in debates, giving speeches, talking to the local community, featuring in local media and organising volunteers to distribute campaign material. He holds a BA Economics and History from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS - University of London)
  • Gervase Poulden has been a European Fast Streamer since October 2012. He currently works in the Europe Team at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. His work focuses on the European negotiations to agree new EU climate and energy targets for 2030. Previous to working for the Civil Service, Gervase completed a 6 month internship for the United Nations Environment Programme office in Brussels, and worked for 18 months as a journalist in Peru and the UK.  He graduated with a undergraduate degree in history in 2011.
  • John Evans is a staff translator with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Translation, working from French, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish. He currently works in the European Commission's office in London where he is involved in a range of initiatives to promote language learning in the UK and in raising awareness of opportunities for linguists within the European institutions. John has a BA (Hons) in French and Spanish from Cardiff University (1998) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting from Bath University (2000). Before joining the European Commission in 2005 he worked as a linguist in the British civil service and as a staff translator for a United Nations agency in Switzerland.
  • Gergely Polner joined the British Bankers' Association as Head of EU Affairs in 2013, coordinating the BBA's engagement on financial services and banking reform at European level.He worked as Head of Public Affairs for the European Parliament in the UK leading its public affairs, social media and outreach activities. Prior to coming to the UK, he was based in Brussels for 6 years, working in communications in the European Parliament and subsequently as spokesperson of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, managing the presidency communication activities in Brussels. Gergely is a trained lawyer, who has practised commercial litigation, before his career in the EU. He published extensively on EU law and politics and has detailed knowledge of European affairs, business law and digital communications.
  • Claudia Chwalisz is a policy researcher at the London-based think tank Policy Network. She is leading their project on 'Understanding the populist signal' and is involved with their other work on pre-distribution and European politics. She completed her MSc in European Public Policy with Distinction at UCL last year. Prior to that, she had studied at Queen's University in Canada, spending a year on exchange at the University of Edinburgh. She speaks English, French, Polish and Spanish.
  • Christine Reh joined UCL in September 2007 as Lecturer in European Politics and Programme Director of the MSc in European Public Policy. She holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence, an MA in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and an MA in English Literature, Linguistics and Politics from the University of Trier. Christine previously worked as a teaching assistant at the College of Europe, as a research assistant at the Federal Trust in London and as an intern with the Permanent Representation of Germany to the European Union in Brussels.
  • Marley Morris is a researcher at Counterpoint on the Recapturing Europe’s Reluctant Radicals project.  He is also currently managing the 'Rival Political Narratives' project and is leading a series of populism 'self-defence' workshops on how to counter populist rhetoric in Europe. Prior to his work at Counterpoint, Marley was at the Violence and Extremism programme at Demos, where he contributed to the report 'The New Face of Digital Populism’ and developed a well-being index for a study on ageing across Europe. Marley has a Masters degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University.