Brexit negotiations: transition period

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The Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from the European Union and Euratom is available in a coloured coded version, highlighting both where progress has been made and areas still to be agreed.

If you are following the withdrawl process you can find other relevant documents here.

Publications from the UK Department for Exiting the European Union are available here.


EU Graduate Administrators Competition

The EU institutions are looking for talented graduates and young professionals to fill more than 100 new graduate administrator roles.

Applicants need to have a university degree, a good command of two European languages and EU citizenship.

Registration is open now until the 10th of April 2018 at 12:00 CET.

More information is available here.

Brexit and Scotland: What happens next?

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The Scottish Centre on European Relations, an independent and unaligned EU think tank, is holding this event in Dundee on Tuesday, the 27th of March. Further information, including how to register for this evening panel discussion, is available here.

Help using EUR-Lex

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EUR-Lex is the official database for accessing EU law.  Free to use, it is available in 24 languages and includes treaties, legislation, international agreements, preparatory acts, case law and parliamentary questions. It gives direct access to the Official Journal of the European Union.

An e-learning module is available to help you use and get the most out of EUR-Lex.

The module, which takes two hours to complete, can be done as a whole or you can select only the sections that are relevant to you. The module looks at:

  • finding EU law through ‘Quick search’, ‘Advanced search’ and ‘Find results by’ search options on the EUR-Lex homepage
  • discovering ways to edit and refine your searches
  • accessing documents in multiple languages, and finding legal information about documents and legislative procedures
  • accessing the Official Journal, preparatory acts and EU case-law
  • understanding EUR-Lex’s content and structure, including how to form CELEX numbers
  • browsing EU law through the directories of legislation and EuroVoc
  • pointing out the advantages of being a EUR-Lex registered user.

Still having difficulty with EUR-Lex come and see us in the Taylor Library.



EESC traineeships

Twice a year, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) offers traineeships for a period of five months to university graduates who are nationals of EU Member States, as well as to a number of university graduates from non-EU countries. (long-term traineeship).

In addition, the EESC can offer short, unpaid traineeships from one to three months to university graduates or university students who are required to complete their degree by undertaking a period of in-service training (short-term traineeship).

Further information is available here. The various traineeship options are also explained in the video below.

The next application deadline is 31 March 2018.

Migration in post-Brexit Scotland

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Scotland has an ageing population and a low birth rate.  With this in mind the Scottish Government looks to attract (and retain) people from the rest of the UK and abroad to come and live in Scotland to help sustain and grow the economy.

A post on the SPice blog, Spotlight, discusses a SPICe and University of Glasgow research project ‘Attracting and retaining migrants in post-Brexit Scotland: is a social integration strategy the answer?’ 

“Developing strategies for attracting and retaining migrants – along with creating an overall positive atmosphere around migration – may be of crucial importance to Scotland’s future”

The study will be based on focus group discussions on:

  • Is a strategy needed?
  • Is it practicable?
  • Would it improve the lives of those who have come to live here?
  • Would it attract other migrants to come to Scotland?
  • Where does the local population stand on this?

A report will be available at the end of June 2018.

You can read the full post on this, as well as other Brexit related topics, on the SPICe blog here.




University of Aberdeen Libraries Early Closing

Please be aware that due to the adverse weather conditions, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Taylor Library and Medical Library will all be closing at 5pm today.

*The Macrobert Building will be open as normal for anyone wishing to study on campus after 5pm*

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Please be aware that due to the adverse weather conditions, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Taylor Library and Medical Library will all be closing at 5pm today.
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Explaining Eurostat

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The latest brochure from Eurostat is a useful foot in the door to what they have to offer. Check it out on the EU Publications site and explore the vast range of European statistical information they provide.

Some of the topics they cover include:

  • Economy and finance
  • Population and social conditions
  • Transport
  • Science, technology and digital society
  • Energy and environment
  • …and much more



University of Aberdeen Professor gives evidence to Scottish Parliament on Brexit

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Professor Paul Beaumont gave evidence on aspects of Private International Law with regards to Brexit at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee on 29th January 2018. The Committee was taking evidence on “Brexit and family law” and “Brexit and civil, commercial and consumer law.

University of Aberdeen staff and students can read what Professor Beaumont and the other contributors had to say in the report of the meeting through Public Information Online accessed through the “find databases” tab on  Primo or from the Scottish Parliament website.



In the online #euFilmContest, participants are asked to recognise films or other audiovisual works that received support from the Creative Europe MEDIA programme. The most successful ten participants will get a chance to win a trip to the 71st Film Festival in Cannes (8–19 May 2018). The deadline for entries is 18 March 2018.  Why not have a go!