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Staff Promotions

Congratulations to SSEES Lecturers Bojan Aleksov and Randolph Bruno who have been promoted to Senior Lecturers. The promotions will take effect from 1 October 2016. 

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Likhachev Cultural Fellowship Award

Vladimir Smith-Mesa, cataloguer of the SSEES Library’s Russian and audio-visual collection, has been awarded the  prestigious Likhachev Fellowship, a Russian Fellowship dedicated to arts and culture for his curation of Dostoevsky Day UK, which will take place on 11 November 2016 (the anniversary of Dostoevsky’s birth).

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PhD Success

Congratulations to Eszter Tarsoly who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Pedantry, purism, and the presentation of self: an interdisciplinary study of attitudes towards language". 

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Baltic Symposium 2016: Cutting Edges of Europe

On Wednesday 20 April 2016 UCL SSEES hosted the eighth Baltic Symposium, organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia, the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, the Baltic Council in Great Britain, and SSEES.

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Director's Inaugural Lecture

On 21 January SSEES Director Jan Kubik delivered his inaugural lecture “The Role of Civil Society in Democratisation” to a packed and appreciative audience at UCL.

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Kultura Exhibition at SSEES

For the next two weeks the Masaryk Senior Common Room at SSEES will house an exhibition entitled, “Jerzy Giedroyc and His Achievement: the Legacy of Kultura and its Books”.

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SSEES academics contribute to new MOD strategy paper


On 29 October last year, Pete Duncan and Philipp Köker attended a UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) workshop in Shrivenham, organised by the 'Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre' (DCDC), an MOD think-tank, to discuss a new draft strategy paper on future scenarios and diverse security challenges in the Baltic Sea Region arising from geopolitical developments, corruption, migration, energy supply and innovations in technology.

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Visit of Ukrainian Minister of Education and Science

On 8 December the Ukrainian Minister of Education and Science, Dr Serhiy Kvit, delivered a lecture entitled “Ukrainian Education: The State of Reform” to a packed audience of students and academics at the UCL Institute of Education.

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SmartEIZ Success

We are pleased to announce that a twinning project application with Bocconi University, Maastricht University, The Economic Institute, Zagreb and UCL SSEES for Horizon 2020 funding has been successful.

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Award for Translation

Congratulations to SSEES alumnus, Jamie Bulloch (SSEES MA 1994, PhD 2002), who has been awarded the 2015 Society of Authors’ Schlegel-Tiech Prize for the German-English translation for his edition of Birgit Vanderbeke’s The Mussel Feast.

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Horizon 2020 Success

We are very pleased to announce that the bid for funding under the European Commission (EC) Horizon 2020 programme, led by Eric Gordy, on behalf of UCL SSEES, has been successful.

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SSEES 19 October Celebration

To celebrate the 100th birthday of SSEES on 19 October, HE Lubomír Rehák, the Slovak ambassador, Mrs Jana Brázdová, First Secretary of the Czech embassy and UCL President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur unveiled a bust of President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the first President of Czechoslovakia, in the SSEES Library.

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Special Advisor to the European Commissioner for Regional Policy

In March this year former Acting Director of SSEES, Slavo Radošević, was appointed advisor to the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, responsible for a budget of 351 billion euros to boost the standard of living in some of Europe's poorest regions.

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