Europe at a Crossroads | UACES Graduate Forum* Conference 2017

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*Formerly known as the UACES Student Forum

“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 impact of Brexit on the North East, featuring Chi Onwurah MP, Judith Kirton-Darling MEP, Thomas Peutz (Tyneside Cinema), and Julie Underwood (NEE Chamber of Commerce). Watch a recording of the roundtable on the UACES Youtube Channel.

Five research sessions took place over the next two days, with themes including security, legal challenges, enlargement, migration, and more.

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. Watch a recording of this roundtable here.

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The programme and papers are available here, and blog posts by delegates have been published on Crossroads Europe:

Testimonials from participants:

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

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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 Graduate Forum Committee, Dr Jocelyn Mawdsley, and to the staff at Newcastle Politics who chaired the research sessions.