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Featured Events

Britain, the EU and global trade

25 February 2016, 9.30am-12.30pm
A half-day conference on the EU's trade agenda, with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, Peter Mandelson, and a high-level panel of politicians, stakeholders, and experts. In association with Policy Network and the European Commission's Office in the UK More...

Starts: Feb 25, 2016 12:00:00 AM

EU Careers 2016

25 February 2016, 10.30am-14.00pm
This year's careers event, co-organised with the UCLU European Society, is open to all UCL students interested in pursuing a career in EU institutions or related private and third-sector organisations.

Starts: Feb 25, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The Front National and the Disappearing Gender Gap

3 March 2016, 6.00-8.00pm
The French radical right traditionally attracted more support from men than women. While still more men than women vote for the Front National, this gender gap is closing today. Nonna Mayer, emerita Research Professor at Science Po Paris, is one of the foremost experts on the Front National. She will explore this trend and look into why this is happening. Co-hosted by the European Institute and the Political Studies Association (PSA), her talk will be the inaugural PSA French Politics Annual Lecture.  More...

Starts: Mar 3, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Brexit Divisions I: What you ought to know about EU referendums and the UK debate

8 March 2016, 3.00-7.30pm
As the campaigns on Brexit are heating up, this event brings the leaders of the Stronger in and Vote Leave campaigns together with campaign analysts and activists from the UK and other EU referendums elsewhere. They will be looking at how and when referendum campaigns can shift public opinion, providing practical guidance, critical analysis, and comment. What arguments, stories, images or campaign strategies may shape the way people make sense of EU membership and the choice at hand? How will the political language framing the referendum be decisive in shaping the debate? What might be the decisive turning points in the debate, blind spots, or core assumptions? What lessons can be learned from previous referendums, or from scholarship about political behaviour? What is the role of facts in shaping people’s ideas? More...

Starts: Mar 8, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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For the attention of A&H, SHS and SSEES Academic Staff: Small Research Grants for Projects Relating to Social Integration

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11 February 2016
The Institute of Advanced Studies has teamed up with The Challenge, regarded as the UK’s leading charity for building a more integrated society, to provide seed funding for projects concerned with social integration. A total of £30,000 is available, although it is unlikely that any individual award of more than £15,000 will be funded. The funding can be used for any purpose that would advance the research.

Research Assistant (As/When) with the Constitution Unit

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11 February 2016
Looking for part time work? A vacancy is on offer at the Constitution Unit. The closing date for applications is 5pm, Monday 22 February 2016.

Policy Network: Job Opportunity

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9 February 2016
There are two vacancies currently on offer at the international think tank, Policy Network. Policy Network is a leading international thinktank and political network based in London.

EU referendum: 'Brexit' poses huge risk to Britain's countryside, experts warn

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27 January 2016
Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) has voiced concerns that Britain’s exit from the EU would lessen the UK’s voice in tackling global environmental concerns.

MPs want more teachers to be trained to educate pupils about the Holocaust

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25 February 2016
More than 6000 teachers have taken part in training programmes run by the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education.

Migration Issues

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25 February 2016
Professor John Salt (UCL Geography) explains the main migration issues faced by European leaders this week.

Missed Thomas Piketty & Naomi Klein?

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17 December 2015
Thomas Piketty and Naomi Klein were our guests on Monday 14 December to open the SSEES Centenary Conference Socialism, Capitalism and the Alternatives. In their first encounter, Piketty spoke about inequality in the 21st century, and Klein about the twin crises of capitalism and climate, and the Paris climate agreement. Piketty appeared on BBC Newsnight on the same night. You can watch this on the BBC IPlayer, or this full, uncut version of his interview. Klein gave an interview to Owen Bennett for the Huffington Post. On Twitter, the conference hashtag #SSEES100 trended for several hours. You can retrace the keynotes and debate as they were reflected here on Storify or via the most popular tweets.

SSEES Centenary: Socialism, Capitalism, and the Alternatives

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16 December 2014
The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies concluded this year's series of Centenary events with the Conference on Socialism, Capitalism and the Alternatives: Lessons from Russia and Eastern Europe. This blog gives an insight into the richness and breadth of the papers presented over the course of the three days of the conference.

FRINGE: the latest addition to IAS

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3rd December 2015
The latest addition to UCL's Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) is the FRINGE centre: the centre for the study of social & cultural complexity.

Call for Proposals: Collaborative Science & Technology Workshops at UCL sponsored by French Embassy

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1 October 2015
UCL and the French Embassy have collaborated since 2012 in support of an annual series of workshops with a Science and/or Technology focus. The workshop series is one of two joint initiatives between UCL Grand Challenges and the French Embassy Science & Technology department, the other being an annual series of Conference-Débat lectures, established 2010, on big cross-disciplinary topics, with speakers from UCL and research institutions in France. Deadline: 26 October 2015

Baroness Catherine Ashton to speak at UCL

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Catherine Ashton

9 September 2015
The UCL European Institute and UCL Global Governance Institute are pleased to announce they will host Baroness Catherine Ashton for a talk at UCL on 8th December 2015. 

Registration open for Piketty & Klein 

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SSEES Centenary Conference

26 October 2015

You can now register for our event, on 14 December, with Thomas Piketty and Naomi Klein. As guests of UCL's European Institute and School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), they will open the SSEES Centenary conference Socialism, Capitalism and the Alternatives: Lessons from Russia and Eastern Europe. Other keynote speakers include Chantal Mouffe, Leszek Balcerowicz, Tomáš Sedláček, Paul Mason, and many more.

UCL-Institut Français du Royaume-Uni funded humanities workshops

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18 August 2015 -- DEADLINE 30 September --
Proposals are invited for funding for workshops between UCL and French academics, specifically focusing on research in the humanities, broadly conceived. The UCL-Institut Français du Royaume-Uni partnership in the humanities aims to encourage junior and senior scholars to establish new directions for possible research collaborations – not only in their own areas of expertise, but also across disciplines. 

Universities for Europe: Why is European Union membership important to British Universities?

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3 August 2015
Why is European Union membership important to British Universities? In this video, produced by Universities UK, Chuka Umunna MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills), the Rt Hon Damian Green MP (Chairman of Conservative European Mainstream) and Professor Michael Arthur (President & Provost of UCL) answer this question.

The Greek Crisis: Comments & Analysis

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7 July 2015
For a range of views on the current Greek crisis, we would like to invite you to view a new blog which features contributions by academics and experts.

Sexuality and Society in Russia and Eastern Europe

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29 June 2015
In this video interview, Dr. Richard Mole discusses his latest research on the migration of LGBT individuals, arguing that migration has been one of the most effective means of promoting gay rights.

Pademia Research Award Announced

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2 July 2015
The European Institute's recently appointed Research Associate, Dr. Claudia Schrag Sternberg, has been announced the winner of the 2015 PADEMIA Research Award for her book The Struggle for EU Legitimacy: Public Contestation, 1950-2005.

Britain and the European Convention of Human Rights

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27 May 2015
Our latest publication evaluates the reasons for the governments growing concern about the ECHR, it analyses the proposed alternative to the ECHR, The British Bill of Rights, and it further discusses what other options there might be for EHRC reform. 

European Institute Advisory Board

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13 April 2015
We are delighted to announce two new members of the european advisory board: Damian Green MP and Dr Kirsty Hughes.

Job Opportunity

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The UCL European Institute is inviting applications for a Research Associate and Communications Coordinator. Closing date: 1 April 2015

A Call for Drawings

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5 May 2015
Artists, scientists and other professionals are invited to submit drawings for an interdisciplinary research project investigating the role of visual thinking and the role of visualizations in cognitive and creative processes.

Funding Opportunities: UCL Centre for Low Countries Studies

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17 March 2015
Students considering doing an MA in Dutch Culture or History at UCL have new funding opportunities available to them.

Beacon Bursaries

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20 March 2015
Beacon Bursaries of up to £2,000 are available to UCL staff and postgraduate research students who wish to engage the public in their research. Application deadline 20 March 2015.

Call for papers on 'Passionate Politics'

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6 April 2015
UCL graduate students and staff are invited to submit papers for presentation at the upcoming spring FIGS Friday Forum on Passionate Politics.

Pentland Scholarship for the Executive MPA in Global Public Policy and Management

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5 March 2015
The School of Public Policy at UCL invites applications for the Pentland Scholarship to support one individual undertaking its Global EMPA programme run jointly with NYU Wagner in New York. 

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