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Chair’s Message – July 2017

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Helen Drake, Loughborough University 28 June 2017 It would be fair to say that my time as UACES Chair has coincided with much change within the Association and also in our external environment. This shows no sign of abating as I prepare to enter the final year of my mandate. In the UACES office, we […]

The European Parliament in the New Europe: Institutional Power and Policy Influence?

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King’s College London | 26 May 2017 View photos on Flickr (high quality) | View photos on Facebook Is the European Parliament (EP) an influential actor in the more intergovernmental, politicized and contested Union? How have the crises of the EU impacted its decision-making process and the role of the EP within it? To what […]

“Money Can’t Buy Me Love”: Countering Euroscepticism through Currency Reform

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European Central Bank, Frankfurt

“Let us be honest in our diagnosis,” said EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the September 2016 Bratislava Summit, “our EU is facing, at least in part, an existential crisis.” Since September 2016, Juncker’s words have become even more pertinent. Austria may have voted against its far-right presidential candidate and the Netherlands may have returned […]

TEF – what is it, where did it come from and how it might develop?

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In the past 18 months a new acronym has been added to the higher education landscape in the UK – TEF. The TEF is the Teaching Excellence Framework, introduced by the UK Government in 2015 to “recognise and reward excellence teaching” and to balance the incentives offered to universities through the longstanding Research Excellence Framework. […]

Chair’s Message – February 2017

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As UACES enters its 50th year, our golden anniversary celebrations are already underway.  Thanks to our ongoing European Commission funding and in conjunction with our partners at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, we have set the wheels in motion for a conference at the EUI on 12-13 October 2017. At that event […]

EU’s climate change and energy cooperation: moving towards mutual learning?

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UACES Energy CRN

The second international workshop of the UACES CRN on the European Energy Policy was held at the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Initiative (UCCRI) in the David Attenborough Building. The event brought together scholars from across three continents (Europa, the Americas and Asia) in order to discuss the EU’s climate change and energy cooperation strategy […]

Chair’s message – November 2016

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In 2017 UACES will mark its 50th anniversary. When we began planning the celebrations we could not have known that 2017 would also see the start of negotiations between the UK and the EU27 to take the UK out of the European Union.  The UACES committee confirmed in its meeting of 7 October 2016 that the association, from its […]

Chair’s message – July 2016

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On Thursday 23rd June 2016 the UK will vote in a referendum to remain in or leave the European Union.  What might the vote mean for UACES and its members? The date will have come and gone by the time we go to press.  So here we look ahead by revisiting the past. We recall […]

JCMS Annual Review Lecture 2016

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‘How much Europe’, asked Tanja Börzel in the JCMS Annual Review lecture, ‘is necessary for effective and legitimate governance in Europe amid enduring crises?’ In her insightful and wide ranging diagnosis of the challenges facing the European Union, Tanja Börzel argued to an audience of scholars, students and policy-makers at Europe House in London that […]

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