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The heart of the matter: passion, politics and the EU referendum

The heart of the matter: passion, politics and the EU referendum

Both Leave and Remain have appealed to voters’ guts to the extent that reason itself has become suspicious. Emotions will rule the day on 23 June, but at what cost?
23 June 2016
Uta Staiger

Published: Jun 23, 2016 3:21:14 PM

The price of solidarity: is Brexit worth it?

The price of solidarity: is Brexit worth it?

A misunderstanding of history and of historical time has put European solidarity on the chopping block. Think carefully before allowing the axe to swing, pleads Jan Kubik, Director of the School of Slavonic & East European Studies at UCL.
23 June 2016
Jan Kubik

Published: Jun 23, 2016 3:16:14 PM

Undecided on the referendum?

Undecided on the referendum? These are the three questions to ask yourself in the voting booth

If there is one thing people can agree on as they prepare to vote on the UK’s EU membership: comprehensive, comprehensible and trustworthy information is in short supply. Every day, the quality of the debate sinks to a new low – yet the stakes are as high as ever. How, then, are you supposed to make your decision on June 23? What questions should you ask yourself when you enter the polling booth?
16 June 2016
Uta Staiger

Published: Jun 16, 2016 3:38:28 PM


Position Open: Research Associate and Communications Coordinator, Maternity Cover

23 June 2016
A position has opened within the UCL EI for a Senior Research Associate, maternity cover. There are two main strands to this role: communications, and research facilitation for the UCL European Institute.

Published: Jun 23, 2016 11:12:08 AM

Position Open: Academic Director for UCL European Institute

14 June 2016
The UCL European Institute is looking for a new Academic Director to replace Professor Mary Fulbrook, whose three-year tenure is coming to an end in July 2016. The new post holder will take over in September 2016 for the next three-year period. The role of the Academic Director is to provide academic leadership for the Institute and represent the Institute at UCL’s senior management level as well as externally. S/he will do so in close cooperation with the Institute’s permanent team, a full-time Executive Director, a full-time Senior Research Associate, and a part-time Administrator. More...

Published: Jun 16, 2016 1:40:09 PM


Britain & Europe Series

2015-16. Click here for details on upcoming policy panels, resource collections and our new blog.

UCL in the Press

Letters: Both Remain and Leave are propagating falsehoods at public expense

14 June 2016
Both sides of the arguments being put forward by those campaigning for and against leaving the EU are misleading, according to a letter organised by Dr Alan Renwick (UCL Constitution Unit)...

Published: Jun 16, 2016 4:23:36 PM

Brexit backfire? UK actually has more ‘energy sovereignty’ inside the EU than out

9 June 2016
Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources) explains why energy isolation would be more expensive and less secure for the UK...

Published: Jun 16, 2016 4:15:47 PM

Anthill 2: Brexit special

8 June 2016
In a new podcast featuring a range of academic voices, Professor Ian Preston (UCL Economics) says voters should look at both sides of the migration coin. More...

Published: Jun 9, 2016 4:35:37 PM

Featured Events 

Conceptions of Freedom

Conceptions of Freedom I: Psychoanalysis

28 June 2016, 6.00pm-8.00pm
In this opening discussion of a series on Conceptions of Freedom, Adam Phillips, renowned writer, psychotherapist and exponent of psychoanalytic ideas, will reflect on what psychoanalysis has to tell us about the subjective experience of freedom, the development of personal agency, and the relationship between psychic structure and flexibility. Phillips, who has been called “one of the finest prose stylists at work in the language” for his numerous books on psychoanalysis and literature, will be in conversation with Josh Cohen, author of “The Private Life,” as well as a psychoanalyst and literary theorist. More...

Starts: Jun 28, 2016 12:00:00 AM