UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SSEES Lightwell


SSEES Centenary

"I congratulate SSEES on its many achievements and it is with pleasure that I invite SSEES friends, new and old, to celebrate its centenary in 2015"  - Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President and Provost

New Degree Launch
Centenary Appeal 
SSEES: Our Past
Students entering SSEES Student browsing books Illustration of Russell Square by Patrick Proctor

UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) is celebrating its centenary this year. One hundred years after Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, who later became the first President of Czechoslovakia, delivered the lecture that inaugurated the School, we now stand as a world-leading institution specialising in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, Russia and the former Soviet Union.

These pages celebrate our achievements, looking both back and forward at SSEES’s success. A host of events will commemorate the occasion, aimed to reflect the diversity of the School’s activities and the countries of the SSEES region.

Socialism, Capitalism, and the Alternatives - Videos from the Conference

SCA Conference

Recordings of the first two days at the conference on 'Socialism, Capitalism, and the Alternatives: Lessons Learnt from Russia and Eastern Europe' are now available to view.

Many speakers at the conference have written blog posts on topics relating to the conference themes. Go to the blog >

Video from the Centenary Lecture by Professor Dennis Deletant OBE, 27 November 2015

'In and Out of Focus - An Academic in the Sights of the Securitate, 1965 to 1989'