Nicholas Startin, University of Bath
Let me begin by thanking everyone who put their names forward for election to the UACES committee. Their willingness to be involved in the running of the Association is much appreciated. I would like to congratulate Jocelyn Mawdsley from Newcastle University who will be the Association’s new Treasurer for a three-year term starting in September. My congratulations as well to Arantza Gomez Arana from Birmingham City University and to Mechthild Roos from Augsburg University who were elected to the UACES Committee. I look forward to working with Jocelyn, Arantza and Mechthild.
It’s been another busy few months for the Association. It’s full steam ahead in terms of preparation for the 49th Annual Conference in Lisbon at what promises to be another excellent UACES event, this time in the wonderful surroundings of the Portuguese capital. We have a busy and varied programme. The conference dinner, where we will be presenting the Association’s various annual awards, will take place in Lisbon’s botanical gardens. Make sure you register by 31st May to benefit from early-bird rates.
We have also had a great response to the call for papers for the Graduate Forum Annual Conference which takes place at Manchester Metropolitan University in July. I look forward to attending this event and to talking about the forthcoming European elections, now with the added interest of UK participation. I also look forward to hearing about the research of a new generation of European Studies scholars.
Last month I had the pleasure of attending our 2019 JCMS Annual Review Lecture at the European Parliament Library in Brussels. Brigid Laffan, the Director of the Robert Schuman Centre of the EUI in Florence and UACES patron gave an excellent, wide-ranging lecture, pertinently entitled ‘How the EU 27 Came to Be.’ There was a good turnout for the event and an excellent Q & A ensued. I would like to thank the JCMS Annual Review Editors for their organisation and the European Parliament Research Service for hosting the event.
In terms of future developments, our Equality & Diversity on-line survey is now live so can I encourage colleagues to fill in the questionnaire? As you may recall from my previous Chair’s message this will help inform the Association’s E & D policy which we aim to have complete by the end of the academic year. Thanks again to Katharine Wright for leading on this.
In other news, we have been discussing at UACES Committee and Officers’ meetings the possibility of a two tier membership rate for both individual and group membership based on country of residence. This is both an attempt to reflect salary differences between countries and to welcome a wider international membership. I will update you on this in the next newsletter.
On a more general note, can I remind colleagues to either set up or update their Expert on Europe profiles? The site is a great showcase for the wide pool of expertise of our membership and a great reflection of the unique, interdisciplinary knowledge we have as an association in European Studies.
Finally, I am sure that colleagues will want to join me in saying a massive thank you to Katharine King for all of her efforts in the role as Office Manager since April 2018 while Emily Linnemann was on parental leave. A very warm welcome back to Emily who started back in the office at the end of April.
As I have said in previous columns do email me if you have any suggestions about the Association and its future. Thanks for your continued support of UACES. I look forward to seeing you in Lisbon.
Nicholas Startin, University of Bath
10 May 2019
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