University wins prestigious European Funding

The University has had its teaching and research quality recognised with two prestigious funding awards from the European Commission (EC).

The University’s Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) has been awarded funding under the EC’s Jean Monnet Programme to establish a Jean Monnet Chair. It has also received a European Module grant from the same programme to fund the development of a new law teaching module on EU Migration Law.

BSIS senior lecturer in International Relations Dr Tom Casier has received the Jean Monnet Chair. The successful proposal included the development of two new MA courses as well as a training course on European Studies methodology.

The new law module will deliver teaching in EU migration law in the context of a legal aid clinic, which enables students to help provide legal assistance to real clients.

Professor Roger Vickerman, Dean of BSIS, said: ‘Both awards will enhance excellence in teaching at BSIS and strengthen its role as a platform for debate and reflection between different communities: policy-makers, researchers and civil society.’

The Jean Monnet programme is financed by the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, and aims to stimulate teaching, research and reflection in the field of European integration studies in higher education institutions, both within and outside the EC.