Category Archives: University of Aberdeen

University offers Brexit Clinics to EU staff

blurr flagAll EU members of staff at the University (and members of staff with EU dependants) are being offered an appointment to discuss issues and concerns about the effect of Brexit.

The clinics will take place on 26th April and 4th May 2017, in the Room 120 of University Office.

To arrange an appointment contact sacha.nicol@abdn.ac.uk

 

60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome

EU Flagkings shoppedTomorrow in Rome  EU leaders will celebrate 60 years since the signing of the Treaties of Rome, on the 25th of March 1957. This event is an opportunity for them to reflect on the EU’s achievements, celebrate the Union’s shared values, and look forward to the future of the EU with 27 Member States.

The European Political Strategy  Centre has produced  a publication called “The European Story 60 years of shared progress” to mark the anniversary. It is available here.

Here in Aberdeen to mark the occasion the University of Aberdeen is flying the EU flag and the Principal, Professor Sir  Ian Diamond, hopes “all colleagues will take a moment on the day to reflect on the nature and importance of a global university such as ours”.

Reminder: Public Meeting-Brexit: What Next for the UK and Scotland?

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Just a quick reminder about the public meeting taking place on Thursday the 9th of February at Aberdeen Central Library to discuss what the issues and options are for both Scotland and the UK.

The event is jointly organised by the Centre on Constitutional Change and Europe Direct Aberdeen.

University of Aberdeen Vice-Principle, Margaret Ross, will chair the event. The speakers are:

Professor Paul Beaumont, University of Aberdeen – What Are the Options for Brexit?
Professor Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen – Migration and Freedom of Movement
Professor Michael Keating  – Options for Scotland
James Bream, Grampian Chamber of Commerce  – What Does Brexit Mean for Business in North East Scotland.

The event itself will run from 6pm – 8pm and coffee and tea will be available from 5:30pm.

For more information and to register for this free event, go to the Eventbrite page.

Seminar -Federalism by Conventions: The Constitutional Implications of Brexit on the Union

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The School of Law will host a free public lecture by Dr Robert Taylor on the 10th of February entitled Federalism by Conventions: The Constitutional Implications of Brexit on the Union.  See the abstract below for details:

On 23rd June 2016, a majority of the British electorate decided to leave the European Union against all expectations, and the constitutional impact of this historic decision, particularly on the Union, remains shrouded in uncertainty. Despite being a UK-wide referendum, the Union was left very much divided following the result. Although the majority of England and Wales chose to leave the EU, both Northern Ireland and Scotland chose decisively to remain. Two nations thus risk being dragged out of the EU against their wishes, thereby bringing into question not only the desirability of the UK’s constitutional arrangements, but the continued existence of the UK itself. Some have suggested that the only viable solution post-Brexit is for a federal UK where each nation is given greater autonomy over its own affairs – including perhaps EU membership – which is enshrined in law via a new codified and entrenched constitution. Such a move would constitute a major shift in the direction of the constitution which, it is argued, may bring as much uncertainty as the referendum result itself. I thus wish to explore alternative options, in particular the role constitutional conventions may have to play in creating and regulating a federal UK.

The event will be held in New Kings, NK 11 from 16.00-17.30.  No booking is required.

If you have any questions about the event please contact:
Suzi Warren
Research, Commercial and Events Secretary
Tel: +44 (0) 1224 273421
Email: smjwarren@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union White Paper published

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The UK Government has today published a white paper entitled The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union on its proposed strategy to leave the European Union.  You can read it here.

If you would like to follow The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill’s progress through Parliament Aberdeen University members can do so on Public Information Online here  or alternatively on the Parliament website here .

There is a handy news section on the House of Commons website to help you keep up-date with what is happening in Parliament here as well as a section on how leaving the EU will affect various policy areas here.

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) produces a blog on the UK decision to leave the European Union which is available here.  A particularly useful feature is the weekly update on current developments following on from the decision to leave.

 

Statistics 4 beginners

Do you need statistical information for your assignments but find the information difficult to understand?  Well  Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, does not only produce material for confident, skilled users.  There is a section called Statistics Explained  presenting articles on statistical topics in an easily understandable way.  In addition you can go to one of the workbooks in Statistics 4 beginners for help.

Eurostat publishes freely available harmonised statistics on the EU.  Data is collected from national statistical authorities using standardised methodologies enabling genuine comparisons to be made between countries or regions.

The University of Aberdeen is recognised as a ‘research entity’ by Eurostat. This allows researchers at the University of Aberdeen to request access to microdata , the units of data that aggregate statistics are compiled from, by submitting research proposals to Eurostat.

Free guest lecture on the legal questions posed by Brexit

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On Tuesday 8th November the School of Law will host a free public lecture by Dr. Holger Hestermeyer of Kings College London. The title of the talk is How will Brexit Happen? Legal Questions Faced by the UK. See the abstract below for details:

In a referendum held in the UK on 23 June 2016, 51.9% of the participating electorate voted to leave the European Union. The number of legal questions raised by the referendum are breathtaking. This presentation tackles three of them: First, it discusses questions of UK constitutional law involved in deciding to leave the Union, namely the role of referenda, sovereignty of Parliament, the scope of the royal prerogative and devolution. Second, the basic EU law rules concerning the withdrawal process as contained in Art. 50 of the TEU will be presented. These involve issues such as the start of the negotiations, their content, length, how they will be conducted and whether the UK can conclude trade agreements during the Art. 50 negotiations process. Finally, the “fallback” option – the status of the UK in the WTO will be covered.

The event will be held in New Kings (NK1), 6pm-8pm. Booking is not required.

If you have any questions about the event please contact:
Suzi Warren
Research, Commercial and Events Secretary
Tel: +44 (0) 1224 273421
Email: smjwarren@abdn.ac.uk

 

ELSA Aberdeen hosting a panel discussion on the “Democratic Issues Arising in the Aftermath of the BREXIT Referendum”

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The European Law Students’ Association’s  Aberdeen branch will be hosting this free event on the 28th October from 6pm at New Kings 6.

The panel members are:

Dr Robert Taylor
Prof Michael Keating
Prof Paul Beaumont
Ross Thomson MSP

ELSA is  the world’s largest independent law students’ association. Information about the Aberdeen University and branch and more details of the event are available here

EU Referendum Result: Initial Reaction from the University

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The result of the EU Referendum has generated a great deal of uncertainty as to what the implications will be for university students and staff across the country. The University of Aberdeen’s Principal, Ian Diamond, has written a message in an attempt to address some of the initial concerns you may have. In addition to this, a brief list of updates from government and official bodies concerned with EU research funding has been compiled. Please find links below for your information.

EU Referendum – message from the Principal

Information for researchers involved with EU funded projects