EU funding launches Centre for European Studies at University

21 August 2015

As the country debates its future within Europe, understanding the role and influence of the European Union is now more vital than ever.

Canterbury Christ Church University has been awarded three years of funding from the European Union’s Life Long Learning Programme in order to establish its own Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.

Designed to support teaching on Europe within the University, as well as training for external bodies and outreach to high schools, the new Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, known as: CEFEUS: The Centre for European Studies, will build on the internationally-respected Jean Monnet awards granted to the University in 2014, which established two undergraduate modules and a Chair within the School of Politics & International Relations.

EU funding launches Centre for European Studies at University

Dr Amelia Hadfield

Launching in September 2015, CEFEUS will offer a range of teaching activities designed to foster insights, analysis and discussion about Europe.

Dr Amelia Hadfield, Reader in European Foreign Affairs, Jean Monnet Chair and Director of CEFEUS, said: “I am delighted that the University has been awarded funding to establish CEFEUS. It indicates the ongoing excellence in teaching and learning opportunities here at the University in all area of European studies.

“CEFEUS will now allow us to deepen the quality of our research-led teaching, including a new Masters degree and scholarships in European Politics, a high-profile CEFEUS Annual Speaker Series, training opportunities for those within and beyond the University, a range of internships to promote research, as well as annual ‘Jean Monnet Junior’ days for high school students. All of these activities have been designed to connect meaningfully with our University, Canterbury, Kent, and beyond.”

In addition to improved teaching and library provisions, previous Jean Monnet funding has allowed the School of Politics and International Relations to offer two undergraduate Jean Monnet modules that explore European history, institutions, and political economy, as well as providing exciting opportunities for students to visit Northern France, Brussels, and Frankfurt.

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “This award demonstrates our staff and students’ commitment to engage on the international stage and advance knowledge and public understanding on our role within the EU.”

The new MSc in European Politics will be available from September 2016, with two annual scholarships available to offset tuition fees, as well as a CEFEUS-specific studentship.

For more information about CEFEUS, the Jean Monnet Award and Dr Amelia Hadfield, visit the Centre web pages.

Read Dr Amelia Hadfield’s Jean Monnet opinion pieces on the Politics and International Relations blog.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 97% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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