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October 2021

The board of Trustees has been further strengthened with the appointment as Trustees of the Reverend Richard Washington, a former student and long serving employee at the College of Europe in Natolin, and of Mr Tim Gordon, an alumnus of the College of Europe in Bruges who is now active in the tech sector.

May 2021

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sir Martin Donnelly as a Trustee. An alumnus of the College and a former Permanent Secretary of the Department of International Trade, he brings a wealth of experience.

July 2020

We are sorry to report the recent death of Alan Forrest, an Alumnus of the College of Europe’s Alcide de Gasperi promotion (1954-55) and a former President of the Alumni Association.

In a lifetime of service to the European cause, he was instrumental in establishing Brunat in 2010 and served as Trustee until his retirement in 2016. We shall miss his continuing, enthusiastic support.

July 2020

We are now offering UK-based applicants interested in applying to the College of Europe the possibility to be put in touch with alumni who can answer questions on the different study programmes and about life on campus, both in Bruges and Natolin.

If you would like to participate, either as a (potential) College applicant or as an alumnus/alumna, please send an email to

March 2020

Our former founding Trustee and Hon. Secretary, Sir Brian Crowe KCMG, has sadly passed away at the age of 82. Sir Brian was Director General for External and Politico-Military Affairs in the Council of the EU between 1994 and 2002, following a career as a British diplomat culminating as ambassador in Vienna.

More recently he had been Deputy Chairman of Chatham House and a foreign policy consultant. We are grateful for Sir Brian’s engagement in support of Brunat over the years, most recently as an honorary adviser.

January 2020

Susanna GARSIDE, a 2018-2019 Brunat Scholar, has published a paper as part of the College of Europe’s EU Diplomacy Paper series. The paper, “Democracy and Digital Authoritarianism: An Assessment of the EU’s External Engagement in the Promotion and Protection of Internet Freedom” is available to download on the College’s webpage.

October 2019
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Reception in London: On 3 October 2019 Marie-Louise Kinsler QC, an alumna of the College of Europe and a Trustee of Brunat, hosted a reception for UK-based alumni (including five former Brunat scholars) and Brunat donors in her Chambers, located in the historic Middle Temple beside the River Thames. Professor Catherine Barnard (Professor of EU Law at the University of Cambridge and Senior Fellow, The UK in a Changing Europe) spoke of the ongoing and future difficulties of achieving Brexit with or without a deal.

Everyone agreed that their College of Europe education helps gain a wide range of jobs with an essential understanding of the challenges.

Application Deadline: Online applications for entry to the College of Europe for the academic year 2020-2021 are now open and will close on 15 January 2020 at 23:59. The online application tool is available here.

December 2018

Application deadline: Online applications for entry to the College of Europe for the academic year 2019-2020 are now open and will close on 16 January 2019 at 23:59. The online application tool is available here.

Profile of Brunat Scholars: a profile of three of this year’s Brunat Scholars has been published by Quitte ou Double. The article (in French) is available here.

January 2017

Reception in London: The Trustees of the Bruges-Natolin UK European Scholarships Fund hosted a reception on  31 January with the support of the European Commission at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU to meet some of the scholars sponsored at the College of Europe by the Fund, to hear from Eloise Todd (von Humboldt Promotion 1999/2000), CEO of Best for Britain, and to encourage further support for the College and the Fund in a congenial atmosphere.

November 2016

The resignation of Alan Forrest, one of our founding Trustees, was accepted with regret. He served in the European Commission and subsequently in the Council of the European Union. An alumnus of the College of Europe and President of the Alumni Association 1958-1960 and 1980-1984, he will continue to support our efforts as well as those of his Promotion to raise funds for scholarships at the College.

January 2016

Nick Clegg, former Deputy Prime Minister and alumnus of the College of Europe (Mozart, 1991-2), attended a reception held at Europe House for supporters of the Fund and for UK-based alumni of the College of Europe. We are very grateful to Europe House for agreeing to sponsor the reception at which former scholars Emily Murrell (Marie Skłodowska-Curie, 2011-12), Oliver Hodgson (Václav Havel, 2012-13) and Zara Reid (Falcone-Borsellino, 2014-15) made brief presentations. The event was judged a great success and there are plans to repeat it in 2017.

December 2015

Brunat Anniversary Reception in Brussels: The Bruges-Natolin UK European Scholarships Fund celebrated its first five successful years at a reception in Brussels on 8 December thanks to Andrew Renshaw (Mme de Staël, 1984/85). Three former scholars (Yentyl Williams – Vàclav Havel, 2012/13; Simon Budden and Sam Villiers – Voltaire, 2013/14) spoke about their time at the College and their subsequent careers. The assembled guests (who included previous donors and British alumni of the College) agreed that, at a difficult juncture in the UK’s relations with its EU partners, the need for such well briefed Brits could not be more evident. A similar reception is planned for the end of January in London.

November 2015

David Williamson (Baron Williamson of Horton GCMG, CB, PC), our founding chair, died in August 2015 after a prolonged illness. As Secretary General to the Commission 1987-97 he played a crucial but understated role in European treaty change and further integration of member states that allowed for derogations acceptable to the United Kingdom. His leadership was immensely valuable in Brunat’s early days.

 Brunat LinkedIn Group: On the initiative of Yentyl Williams, a former Brunat scholar, a Denman Brunat College of Europe LinkedIn group has been set up with the particular aim of helping new graduates to adjust to the world of work in Brussels. So far it has eight former scholars as members.


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