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'Highly problematic, to put it mildly'

Deciphering the Conservative Party’s proposals for a new ‘British Bill of Rights’ is not an easy task, as the eight-page policy document is riddled with errors, distortions and imprecise language. What is more, their two main policy aims are highly problematic, argues
Colm O'Cinneide
9 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

UK & EU: New Faces, Old Problems?

The row between Britain and its allies that accompanied the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the new Commission President was seen by some as an effective short-term tactic from David Cameron. But the ‘Juncker bounce’ was short-lived and left Cameron in a long-term strategic pickle.
Paola Buonadonna
6 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Five lessons of the Juncker Affair

It is now three months since Jean-Claude Juncker was elected President of the Commission, against the express wishes of the British and Hungarian governments.  What lessons can we draw from this episode about British attitudes to the European Union?
6 October 2014
Prof Michael Shackleton
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Starts: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

UCL-Institut Français Call for Proposals

1 April 2014

Under a new 3-year agreement, UCL and the Institut Français now invite UCL-based academics to apply for funds to organise collaborative workshops for the 2014-2015 academic year, involving participants from UCL and from research institutions in France.


In July 2013, UCL and the Institut Français signed an agreement to collaborate on a series of workshops over a period of three years, specifically focusing on research in the humanities, broadly conceived. The agreement aims to build on existing and explore new links between UCL and French academic and research organisations. By providing for three workshops between UCL and French academics per year, all held at UCL, the agreement is aimed at encouraging junior and senior scholars to establish new directions for possible research collaborations– not only in their own areas of expertise, but also across disciplines.

During the 2013-2014 academic year three highly successful workshops, organised by the UCL European Institute under the theme of ‘In Places(s) of Memory’, took place. UCL and the Institut Français now invite UCL-based academics to apply for funds to organise collaborative workshops for the 2014-2015 academic year involving participants from UCL and from research institutions in France.

A proposed workshop should:

  1. Take place, with the awarded funding spent, before 4 September 2015.
  2. Be led by senior researchers from UCL and France (i.e. established academics / senior research fellows).
  3. Be suitable for a minimum of 6-8 participants, including approx. 2-3 French participants.
  4. Be held over a 2-day period (for suggested format please see below).
  5. Be capable of being run at UCL’s facilities within the Workshop Budget (optimally around £2,500 per workshop). It is intended that the budget for a workshop will, in addition to covering the costs of dinner for the 6-8 participants on Day 1, and lunch and refreshment costs on Day 2 of the workshop, also support the travel, accommodation (one night) and subsistence costs of participants travelling from France.
  6. Have the aim of building on existing, or establishing new, links between UCL and French academic and research organisations in the humanities, broadly conceived.
  7. Seek to establish new approaches for possible research collaborations, including those needing input from researchers from diverse disciplinary and methodological backgrounds.

For more information, please download the full call.