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Europe at a Crossroads | UACES Student Forum Conference 2017

“A fascinating and challenging debate” – Chi Onwurah MP

Q&A: Roundtable on the Implications of Brexit on the NorthEast

Q&A: Roundtable on the Implications of Brexit on the NorthEast

On 3-4 July 2017, thirty postgraduate and early career researchers gathered at the Newcastle University Politics Department to hear and discuss each other’s work on the current challenges facing Europe, the historical developments which have led to these challenges, and perspectives on the EU’s future.

The conference began with a lively plenary roundtable on the local impact of Brexit, featuring Chi Onwurah MP, Judith Kirton-Darling MEP, Thomas Peutz (Tyneside Cinema), and Julie Underwood (NEE Chamber of Commerce). You can subscribe to the UACES Youtube Channel to be notified when the recording of this session is available.

Five research sessions took place over the next two days, with themes including security, legal challenges, enlargement, migration, and more. The programme and papers are available to read here, and blog posts based on the research presentations will be published shortly on the Crossroads Europe Blog (follow @uaces_sf to stay updated).

Professor Neill Nugent (Emeritus Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University), Professor Jo Shaw (University of Edinburgh), and Professor Richard Whitman (University of Kent) closed the conference with a plenary session on the role of academic associations and the future of European Studies. They discussed the challenges and opportunities facing postgraduate students navigating the world of publishing, conferences, PhD completion and more. A recording of this session will be made available; subscribe to be notified.

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In the short clips below, hear from the participants directly about their highlights of the conference:

Dr Francesco de Cecco introduces the session he chaired and the benefits of the conference for PhD students:

Live update from Dr Francesco De Cecco about this afternoon’s #SF2017 panel, and the benefits of the conference for #eustudies PhD students.

Posted by UACES Student Forum on Monday, 3 July 2017


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The conference was co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. Thank you to all the speakers and organisers: the Student Forum Committee, Dr Jocelyn Mawdsley, and to the staff at Newcastle Politics who chaired the research sessions.

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