UCL European Institute


EU and European Careers Event 2014

21 March 2014, 12:00 am

EU Careers

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UCL European Institute

21 March 2014
The EU Careers Event, organised by the UCL European Institute & UCLU European Society, offers students an overview over career options with EU institutions, UK civil service, and relevant private and third-sector organisations and provides an insight into access pathways and entry criteria.

21 March 2014, 5.30pm

G08 Sir David Davies LT
Roberts Engineering Building
Torrington Place, London WC1E

This event is now sold out.

BUT: come along to the networking event with speakers after the talks at 7.00pm (Roberts Foyer).

Filmed talks and resources will be online soon after the event!


Speakers will give presentations during a 1h30min panel discussion and Q&A followed by a networking session with the speakers and further invitees.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Gervase Pouden: European Fast Stream, UK Civil Service
  • John Evans: Staff translator with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Translation
  • Gergely Polner: Head of EU Affairs, British Bankers Association
  • Claudia Chwalisz: Policy researcher at London think tank Policy Network
  • Chair: Christine Reh, Senior Lecturer in European Politics, UCL School of Public Policy

At the networking session, we will be joined by:

  • Marley Morris: Researcher at Counterpoint


  • Gervase Poulden has been a European Fast Streamer since October 2012. He currently works in the Europe Team at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. His work focuses on the European negotiations to agree new EU climate and energy targets for 2030. Previous to working for the Civil Service, Gervase completed a 6 month internship for the United Nations Environment Programme office in Brussels, and worked for 18 months as a journalist in Peru and the UK.  He graduated with a undergraduate degree in history in 2011.
  • John Evans is a staff translator with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Translation, working from French, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish. He currently works in the European Commission's office in London where he is involved in a range of initiatives to promote language learning in the UK and in raising awareness of opportunities for linguists within the European institutions. John has a BA (Hons) in French and Spanish from Cardiff University (1998) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Translating and Interpreting from Bath University (2000). Before joining the European Commission in 2005 he worked as a linguist in the British civil service and as a staff translator for a United Nations agency in Switzerland.
  • Gergely Polner joined the British Bankers' Association as Head of EU Affairs in 2013, coordinating the BBA's engagement on financial services and banking reform at European level.He worked as Head of Public Affairs for the European Parliament in the UK leading its public affairs, social media and outreach activities. Prior to coming to the UK, he was based in Brussels for 6 years, working in communications in the European Parliament and subsequently as spokesperson of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, managing the presidency communication activities in Brussels. Gergely is a trained lawyer, who has practised commercial litigation, before his career in the EU. He published extensively on EU law and politics and has detailed knowledge of European affairs, business law and digital communications.
  • Claudia Chwalisz is a policy researcher at the London-based think tank Policy Network. She is leading their project on 'Understanding the populist signal' and is involved with their other work on pre-distribution and European politics. She completed her MSc in European Public Policy with Distinction at UCL last year. Prior to that, she had studied at Queen's University in Canada, spending a year on exchange at the University of Edinburgh. She speaks English, French, Polish and Spanish.
  • Christine Reh joined UCL in September 2007 as Lecturer in European Politics and Programme Director of the MSc in European Public Policy. She holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence, an MA in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and an MA in English Literature, Linguistics and Politics from the University of Trier. Christine previously worked as a teaching assistant at the College of Europe, as a research assistant at the Federal Trust in London and as an intern with the Permanent Representation of Germany to the European Union in Brussels.
  • Marley Morris is a researcher at Counterpoint on the Recapturing Europe's Reluctant Radicals project.  He is also currently managing the 'Rival Political Narratives' project and is leading a series of populism 'self-defence' workshops on how to counter populist rhetoric in Europe. Prior to his work at Counterpoint, Marley was at the Violence and Extremism programme at Demos, where he contributed to the report 'The New Face of Digital Populism' and developed a well-being index for a study on ageing across Europe. Marley has a Masters degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University.