Category Archives: University of Aberdeen

The European Solidarity Corps

 

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Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer or work for a good cause and help make a difference?  Then why not have a look at the European Solidarity Corps, the European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people from 18 to 30 to volunteer or work in projects in Europe?

A short guide is available from the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library or online here.

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In the news: OECD Report on the UK Economy

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The latest Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Economic Survey of the United Kingdompublished yesterday, attracted a lot of press coverage of its assessment of the challenges posed to the UK economy following the decision to leave the European Union, and in particular, of its claim that the UK needs to maintain close ties with the EU to meet these challenges.

University of Aberdeen staff and students have access to the full report through OECD i-Library.  Access is through Primo on campus, just remember to log in. If you are working on your own computer outwith the university network, access is via the VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure).

The University of Aberdeen Library’s subscription to OECD iLibrary allows access to the publications and datasets  from the OECD,  International Energy Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and International Transport Forum (ITF). Subjects include agriculture and food, development, economics, education and skills, emerging economies, employment, energy, environment and sustainable development, health, historical economic statistics, migration, national accounts, social issues, taxation and transport. Coverage is from 1998 to the present day.

The European Commission Library and e-Resources Centre

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The European Commission Library and e-Resources Centre has a wealth of  information on EU integration, law and policies.  Although primarily used by staff working in EU institutions, the library’s search tool Find-eR is a great way for university staff and students to identify useful sources for their research. Find-eR searches the library’s collection of books, open access papers and e-journals. Some of the online material is freely available with some more available to University of Aberdeen staff and students through our own library’s electronic subscriptions.

In addition, in some instances, it may be possible for UoA staff or students to borrow print material as an inter-library loan through the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library.

It is also possible to request access to the reading room in Brussels or Luxembourg.

Why not check it out …..

EU Renewable Energy Post 2020 – Discussion Event

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A discussion event will take place in the Sir Duncan Rice Library this month entitled EU Renewable Energy Post 2020 – Can We Promote Renewable Energy In Europe Without Binding Targets?

Speakers include Olivia Woolley (School of Law University of Aberdeen) and Morag McCorkindale (Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG))

Here’s an excerpt from the description on the Facebook event page:

Currently, under the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, EU Member States have binding targets to meet for renewable energy development. These targets expire in 2020, and any further policy framework is non-binding as of now. The past experience with non-binding renewable energy targets (2001 Renewable Electricity Directive) has demonstrated limited effectiveness. However, the binding targets form renewables may hamper other low-carbon energy developments, such as nuclear energy or CCS (carbon capture and storage).

The event will be held on Wednesday 25th October in the Sir Duncan Rice Library at the University of Aberdeen from 5pm – 7pm.

The event is free but booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Explorathon 2017

Explorathon 2017

Explorathon returns to Aberdeen for the fourth time this Friday (29th September). A variety of events will take place in venues around the city, including:

  • A screening of the classic Arnold Schwartzenegger film Total Recall preceded by a talk on psychiatric controversies
  • A discussion on the real science and history behind Game of Thrones with comedian Helen Keen
  • A talk on how crude oil is turned in to plastic bags
  • An exploration of the importance of Aberdeen Bay for community well-being
  • and much more!

To view a complete list of what’s going on, have a look at the programme of events.

Explorathon is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Programme

Fundamental Rights Report 2017

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights published its report for 2017 earlier this year. This coincides with the Agency’s 10th Anniversary.

The EU’s commitment to fundamental rights has grown tremendously during the past decade, but recent developments underscore how quickly progress can be undone. Across the EU, the fundamental rights system is increasingly under attack – dismissed as political correctness gone awry, as benefitting only select individuals, or as hampering swift responses to urgent challenges. This year’s focus section further explores these issues, providing a thorough review of the past decade’s highlights and persisting shortfalls.

The report is available online or call into the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library for a free copy of the report.

Eur-Lex Newsletter

eurlexThe latest edition of the EUR-Lex newsletter is now available.  The August edition highlights some improvements made to the site e.g. legislation results lists now include ‘No longer in force’ and ‘Not yet in force’, in addition to ‘In force’, clarifying the legal status of the documents concerned.  They are colour-coded: green – in force; yellow – not yet in force and red – no longer in force.

To keep up-to-date with changes to EUR-Lex you can subscribe to the newsletter. In addition short video tutorials for EUR-Lex are available here.  We have also produced our own short guide.

 

Travelling in Europe this summer?

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Why not have a look at the holiday-themed August edition of the EU Publications Office Newsletter. The selection of titles include practical tips for anyone travelling in Europe as well as information on EU consumer and passenger rights. Other topics featured are the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), road safety and bathing water quality.

Call into the European Documentation Centre in Taylor Library for a free copy of the leaflets on the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and Travelling in Europe 2017-18.

UoA study on the effects of Brexit on the UK’s constitutional dynamics

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A team from the University of Aberdeen led by Professor Michael Keating, has won a £2.5 million grant from the ESRC to examine, in real time, the effects of Brexit on the constitutional dynamics of the UK.

The team also includes researchers from the universities of Cambridge, Cardiff, Cork and Stirling.

 

“This country is undertaking a real-time experiment in constitutional change and a game without fixed rules or a referee. The project will monitor these claims and decisions, seek to explain them and assess their significance”.

Read more about this project in the University’s press release here.