13th December 1999




How to accommodate twelve new countries within the European Union in the new millennium?


Thatís the most pressing question which the new European Policy Research Centre at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside will be wrestling with.


The centre has been created by bringing together staff from the Departments of Tourism, Policy Studies and Law as well as the universityís EPICentre (Economic Development Partnership and Innovation Centre) who have a proven expertise in European policy research.


Academic leadership for the new centre will be provided by Prof Ian Barnes, Professor of European Studies at the university, who has lectured on numerous occasions in central and eastern Europe.


He is joined by Dr Daniele Conversi, who has recently come to Lincoln from Central University in Budapest.


The creation of the European Policy Research Centre will provide:

     a forum for discussion of new developments in European policy research both at the university and in the local area

     a base for collaborative research projects within the university and with other universities in the region

     support for postgraduate students interested in researching various aspects of European Union policy


Applications for registration for postgraduate research are welcomed by the university throughout the academic year. Two bursaries to assist with fees and initial expenses will be made available with immediate effect to suitably qualified students from the local area who have an interest in research into aspects of European policy or politics.


Further details can be obtained from Pamela Barnes, European Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln LN6 7TS (tel: 01522 882000).


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)