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Do Not Fear Austerity: A Public Meeting with Yanis Varoufakis

Alessandro de Arcangelis, UCL PhD student in History, reports on a ‘public meeting’ with Yanis Varoufakis, and his advice to Jeremy Corbyn.
30 September 2015
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Starts: Oct 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

A Syrian tragedy turning into a European tragedy

Gëzim Krasniqi, Fellow at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, traces the shifting routes chosen by refugees from Syria—and how the EU’s lack of a coordinated policy has been turning the Syrian tragedy into a European one. It has left the Balkan states with a refugee crisis impossible to master.
23 September 2015
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Starts: Sep 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Fathers, Sons, and Grandfathers: Migration Across Generations

Through the stories of three generations in thirty families, Julia Brannen explores men's lives, migration, employment, fatherhood, father-son relationships and intergenerational transmission over the life course. As the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War unfolds across continents, she traces the stories of migrant generations that have gone before, of Irish grandfathers who left Ireland in the mid-20th century and Polish fathers who came to Britain in the 21st century, together with a group of white British 
9 September 2015
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Starts: Sep 9, 2015 12:00:00 AM


UCL European Institute


See below for information on UCL libraries and others in the immediate vicinity which hold specialised resources for the study of Europe and the European Union. Note that the Director of UCL Library Services, Paul Ayris, is also the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), which has 400 member libraries across Europe.

UCL Library
UCL Library Services is divided across all sites in the UCL campus, many of which are in Bloomsbury. There are 16 different libraries, and these libraries share or plan to share a common catalogue. All users of UCL Library Services have access to all UCL libraries. The largest single collection of materials for European studies is contained in the UCL Main Library, which contains material relating to the Arts and Humanities, History, Economics, Public Policy and Law.

UCL Special Collections
UCL Special Collections contains UCL's holding of rare books, manuscripts and archives which form UCL's most valuable holdings from a cultural and academic perspective. It is one of the foremost collections held by any university in the UK.

For libraries and archives across Europe holding specialised resources for the study of the EU, as well as extensive online resources, please see our EU Resource Area.

Libraries List

This library, housed in the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies Library, is one of the leading collections for reaching and research in the study of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Its collections comprise almost 400,000 printed volumes, two thirds of which are on Open Access, and extensive archive and audiovisual holdings.

The British Library
The British Library, one of the world's great research libraries, holds over 150 million books, journals, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. Located in Euston Road, it is within 20 minutes walk of UCL's Bloomsbury campus.

Senate House Library and University of London Research Library Services
All UCL students on degree courses, and all UCL staff, have full access to Senate House Library. This library, along with the Institute libraries of the School of Advanced Studies, have very important research collections in the Arts and Humanities.


Europeana Travel
Europeana Travel is an EU-funded project that will channel digital content from Europe's national and university libraries into the European discovery portal Europeana.eu. 

It will digitise over a million resources including maps, manuscripts, photos, films, books and postcards on the themes of travel, tourism, trade routes and exploration.

UCL's close involvement with Europeana includes liaising with partner libraries across Europe and spearheading the creation of an aggregation service to allow partners' digital content to be harvested into Europeana. In addition, UCL is contributing content to EuropeanaTravel by digitising highlights from the special collections of its School of Slavonic and East European Languages.