UCL European Institute


European Institute offers new Practice Module

20 January 2022

Uta Staiger and Claudia Sternberg are convening a new module for the MSC European Politics and Policy.

speakers EPPL Practice Module

‘European Politics, Policy and Law in Practice’ complements academic study with practice-led learning. The module is taught through a curated programme of moderated conversations with guest speakers who are high-level practitioners in their fields, combined with skills-oriented sessions led by experienced professionals, where students try their hands at producing formats of analysis as they are used in practice.

Sessions focus on themes including climate change and energy policy, health and Covid policy, the UK-EU relationship or the EU’s inter-institutional dynamic. In addition, students learn how to develop policy briefings and think-tank pieces, how to write for a general audience and how to get the most out of stakeholder analyses, scenario exercises and collaborative workshops.

We will run the module yearly, initially for the Department of Political Science and then as a flagship offer of the planned new inter-disciplinary MSc in European Politics and Law, hosted jointly with UCL Laws.

We will work with a core team of recurrent guest lecturers, combined with new speakers every year. If you are interested in contributing to future iterations, please get in touch!

We are extremely grateful to our distinguished speakers, who will cover the following topics:

  • Isabel de la Mata Barranco, Principal Advisor for Health and Crisis management, European Commission:
    Health, Covid and the EU.
  • Martin Porter, Executive Chair, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership: 
    Climate, Sustainability and Advocacy.
  • Alex Wilson, Policy Analyst, European Parliament Research Service: 
    Energy policy and the European Parliament, and how to write a policy recommendation.
  • Luis Gonzalez Garcia, Associate, Matrix Chambers:
    Negotiating trade with the EU as a third country.
  • Heather Grabbe, Director, Open Society European Policy Institute, Brussels:
    Rule of law in the EU.
  • Sir Stephen Wall, Former UK Permanent Representative to the EU:
    Negotiating with the EU before and during EU membership.
  • Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Senior Research Fellow, University of Kent; formerly Centre for European Reform:
    The von der Leyen Commission presidency, and how to write a think tank piece about it.
  • Cyril Robin-Champigneul, First Counsellor – Research and Innovation, The EU Delegation to the United Kingdom:
    The EU Delegation to the United Kingdom, and Research and Innovation in the EU.
  • Dr Ine Steenmans, Lecturer in Futures, Analysis and Policy, UCL Department for Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy:
    Co-production of evidence (or how to run a collaborative meeting), and long-term Brexit scenarios exercise.
  • Avery Anapol, Politics editor, The Conversation:
    How to write a blog for a general audience.
  • Audrey Tan, Public Policy Engagement Facilitator, UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences:
    Stakeholder mapping.
  • Lucy Shackleton, Head of Public Policy and Partnerships, UCL EI:
    Developing a policy briefing.