press release
Published: 24 August 2020

Surrey awarded the prestigious Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

The University of Surrey’s Centre for Britain and Europe has been awarded the prestigious Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence from the European Union.

This award will fund and support three years of the Centre for Britain and Europe's activity - including teaching, research, outreach and studentships - that will investigate, report on and influence the new working relationship between the EU and Great Britain.

Part of the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence is awarded to organisations and institutions who offer unique expertise on the EU. It brings together leading experts to bridge the gap between the various disciplines and resources in European studies and to form links with academic institutions in other countries. 

Professor Amelia Hadfield, Director of the Centre for Britain and Europe and Head of Politics at the University of Surrey, said: “This is an exciting achievement and an honour for our young Centre. It truly demonstrates our Department’s internationally recognised excellence in European studies, and its focus on UK-EU relations, in particular, deepening our track record of European and British funding. 

“Brexit is a seismic shift in a relationship that has yielded years of peace and prosperity since the Second World War. We must study this change, report on emerging obstacles and help identify new ways the UK and the EU can build bridges in the future.”

Professor David Sampson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation at the University of Surrey, said: “The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence is truly the gold standard for European Studies and I want to extend my warmest congratulations to Amelia and her team. 

“Although it has become cliched, we cannot lose sight of the fact that we live in extraordinary times. The Centre for Britain and Europe’s mission to investigate the post-Brexit normal fits well with the University of Surrey’s tradition of research and study that shapes the future.”

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