Monthly Archives: October 2015

Useful Online Sources of EU Information in the UK

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There’s so much information out there concerning the EU that it can be tricky to know where to start when you’re looking for something. Here’s three easy to use resources that we find particularly useful. So whether your looking for travel advice, information on policies, the latest developments in the Brexit debate or something else entirely, one of these sources should be able to provide the answers or point you in the right direction.

Europe Direct Aberdeen. Based in the Aberdeen Central Library, they have a great Facebook page if you want to keep up to date with their activities and the service they provide. They post regularly about EU policy, programmes and funding opportunities, as well as information on local and international events. They are also a great source of practical information for anyone travelling in Europe. There are around 16 Europe Direct Centres in cities around the UK. If you don’t happen to be in Aberdeen, click here to find the nearest one to you.


European Sources Online (ESO)
Started and maintained by Ian Thomson of The European Documentation Centre at Cardiff University, this is one of the most comprehensive sources of EU information available. ESO collects information from many reliable sources all over the web and is updated on a daily basis. Find information on:

  • Treaties
  • The Common Agricultural Policy
  • Turkey and the EU
  • NATO and the EU
  • Climate change
  • Europe in the world
  • The ‘Brexit’ debate
  • …and much more

They also provide many useful information guides on the countries of Europe, EU policy and the Institutions of the EU. And just so you don’t miss anything, you can set up a personalised weekly email newsletter.

Info-Europa is a weekly newsletter that collates the latest  information on EU legislation and proposed legislation as well as general news. It is put together by Patrick Overy, who is based at the European Documentation Centre at the University of Exeter. You can see the last four issues on the Europa site or you can sign up to have it delivered to your inbox.

As always, all related inquiries are most welcome in the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library, whether by phone, email or in person.

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Explorathon earns UoA a Times Higher Education Award shortlist place

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THE Awards. The Oscars of the Higher Education Sector

The Explorathon ’15 events has earned the University a place on the shortlist for a Times Higher Education (THE) Award in the Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers category.

Funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Programme and organized by the University’s Public Engagement with Research Unit (PERU), Explorathon ’15 took the form of shows, talks, debates and hands-on sessions in various venues across the city, with similar events taking place in Glasgow, Edinburgh and all over Europe. The aim being to stimulate interest in research careers, particularly among young people.

In addition to this, The Cool Farm Tool project, a greenhouse gas calculator developed by researchers in Biological Sciences, earned a shortlist place in two categories: Research Project of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology.

Read more about both nominations here.

The Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) on the Archives Portal Europe

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Villa Salviati in Florence, home to the HAEU

The Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) are the official archival holdings of the European Union Institutions and are part of the European University Institute in Florence. The HAEU also collects the private papers of key European Political figures, high ranking officials and others involved in the process of European Integration. Access is subject to the 30 year rule and some deposits have specific conditions placed on them at the request of the depositor.  Further information is available here.

Earlier this year, HAEU published over 3000 documents from EU Institutions to the The Archives Portal Europe, making them much more straight forward to access online.

Staff in the EDC in Taylor Library are here to help you access EU documents whether historical or current. So if you’re struggling to find something, please do get in touch.