The Scholars

2015-16 Scholars

Zoe Grimes is on the European Political and Administrative Studies course. After a degree in French from Bristol University, she taught English for a year in Japan and learned traditional Japanese drumming. She hopes to work in the European Civil Service.

Veronika Kucherchuk is in the European Disciplinary Studies Department at Natolin. She was born in Ukraine and has a Modern Languages degree from Southampton University. Ukraine’s recent history has heightened in her view the need to understand the process of European integration, social developments and values through multidisciplinary approaches and methods. She hopes to work as a diplomat or a professional in an international organisation.

Adin Samson read Law at Cambridge and is now broadening his expertise in the International Relations and Diplomacy programme in Bruges. His interest in politics was manifested in a contribution to the first ever Alumni Newsletter produced in time for the Opening Ceremony.

Roland Scarlett is following the European Political and Administrative Studies programme. A scholar at Oxford University, he has already completed a traineeship with the European Commission and has held jobs in South Africa and Cambodia. He would like to join the Commission staff.

2014-15 Scholars
Alex Braley, having graduated from the European Political and Administrative Studies department, is looking forward to a career in EU public life, starting with a traineeship within the Secretariat-General of the European Commission. His family lived abroad for many years and his tri-lingual undergraduate degree was earned in France, at Sciences-Po. From such a background he appreciates the issues that European citizens face, living in an increasingly globalised and multi-polar world where only by pooling resources, coordinating policy and speaking with unity can Member States maximise their wealth and influence.

Jonathan Peters studied EU International Relations and Diplomacy, having graduated from the University of Sheffield, has secured a traineeship with the European Parliament’s Secretariat, working with the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee as the Climate Change Summit in Paris will be underway. Apart from his academic work he has held a succession of musical scholarships and quickly became involved in that aspect of College life. He has a keen interest in the interaction between the evolving structure of the European Union and its external actions.

Zara Reid grew up in Glasgow and studied history at Cambridge University before joining the European Interdisciplinary Studies programme at the College of Europe’s Natolin campus. She took targeted courses there on the EU’s immigration and asylum policy, the role of the EU as an actor in humanitarian and development aid and European history. Following on from this, she is now doing a 9-month graduate internship scheme with the British Foreign Office.

Andrew Wright, a lawyer and graduate of Oxford University, had already studied at the European University Institute in Florence before attending the College of Europe. His year at the College gave him a deep and wide understanding of EU law- practical as well as theoretical – which will serve him well whichever direction he chooses to go in in the future. Now he looks forward to spending some time in London, where he has taken up the post of judicial assistant post to Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division in the Court of Appeal, having been selected for his EU expertise.

2013-14 Scholars
Adam Bruton was in the European Legal Studies programme and has had internships with the European Commission and the UK Permanent Representation in Brussels. At the University of East Anglia he learned to appreciate the important influence of EU law over domestic law, and he says that his “huge commitment to the principles of the EU” came about during his Erasmus year in France that exposed him to the cultural context in which those principles are applied. He is now with an international law firm in Brussels that specialises in immigration.

Simon Budden was in the European Political and Administrative Studies programme. His first degree was in Modern Languages and European Studies from the University of Bath which, together with time in Madrid and Brussels, sparked his interest in the EU. He was one of two British students featured in a BBC report on the College of Europe in 2013. After graduating from Bruges, he won a traineeship with the European Parliament in DG Communication, where he has continued to work on communicating with the public about the European Parliament. His interests lie in political communication and better explaining the EU.

Sam Villiers was in the European Legal Studies programme. After achieving a LLB (Hons) in European Legal Studies from the University of Southampton including a year at the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland, he worked for 2 years in Brussels for an NGO and a further 18 months for a European public affairs consultancy concentrating on EU energy policy. During that time he encountered many alumni of the College of Europe and determined to take advantage of what he realised was “the pre-eminent institution for European studies”, the lecturers being “some of the best experts in their fields.” He now works for a Spanish law firm in Brussels.

2012-2013 Scholars
Oliver Hodgson studied for a Masters in European Political and Administrative Studies. He has a law degree from Cambridge University, having previously been at school in the USA and Germany and having spent an Erasmus year at Poitiers. Whilst still at school he actively and successfully led the Munich International School delegation to the Model UN in The Hague. The capacity of the EU to be the impetus for improvement, which he witnessed first hand whilst working for the American Chamber of Commerce in Bucharest in 2007, fascinates him.

Alex Keynes also studied in the European Political and Administrative Studies programme, having gained a degree from the University of Bristol in politics and French, during which time he spent an Erasmus year in Aix-en-Provence. Before studying at the College he completed a 5-month traineeship at the office of the President of the European Parliament and he is now working as Parliamentary Assistant to a British Labour MEP, advising on environment, energy and climate change issues.

Yentyl Williams studied EU International Relations and Diplomacy. With dual British/Trinidad & Tobagonian nationality, she grew up in multi-cultural central London and graduated (with first class honours) in European Studies from King’s College, London. Since graduating from Bruges and after a traineeship in the European Commission’s DG Trade, she has focussed in Brussels on EU-ACP trade relations: currently she is Regional Trade Research and Communications Assistant at the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), a joint EU-ACP organisation. At the same time she is observer at the European Economic and Social Committee’s EU-Cariforum Consultative Committee, where she was also nominated expert for the forthcoming green paper on the future of EU-ACP relations.

2011-2012 Scholars
The first 3 Brunat Scholars were all in the EU International Relations and Diplomacy, and they have now all come together in Whitehall.

Sebastian Clark was elected representative of the students of the IRD programme. An article by him entitled “Activity without Impact? The EU’s Green Public Diplomacy in China” was co-winner of the Inbev-Baillet Latour award for the best EU-China thesis. After graduation he held a succession of posts in the European Commission in Brussels. He now works as a Policy Advisor at H.M. Treasury in London. With the others, he writes: “Without the support of Brunat, none of this would have been possible, and we are extremely grateful for having been given this opportunity.”

Emily Murrell wrote a paper on “The European Union’s Role in the Formation of India’s Climate Change Policy” that was published by the College of Europe and the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies. After graduation, she joined the Department for Energy and Climate Change, where she worked on both domestic and EU energy and climate policy. Now an established civil servant, Emily works in the European & Global Issues Secretariat in the Cabinet Office. She maintains that “the College gave me the training and network I needed to pursue a career in the UK Civil Service, giving me an invaluable European and, beyond that, global perspective on issues.”

Nicholas Todd was laureate of the International Relations and Diplomacy students for the year. After a traineeship in DG Enlargement at the European Commission, working on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, he worked at the Oxfam International EU Advocacy Office in Brussels while honing his skills as a potential diplomat. He has now won a place as a European Fast Streamer in the UK’s Civil Service Fast Stream. He writes, “It would be no exaggeration to say that my time at the College has been perhaps the most memorable and rewarding 10 months of my life so far, both academically and socially.”

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