Reception in London: The Trustees of the Bruges-Natolin UK European Scholarships Fund hosted a reception on 31st 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.
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.
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 Sklodowska-Curie, 2011-12), Oliver Hodgson (Vaclav Hàvel, 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.
Brunat Anniversary Reception in Brussels: The Bruges-Natolin UK European Scholarships Fund celebrated its first 5 successful years at a reception in Brussels on 8th 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.
David Williamson (Baron Williamson of Horton GCMG, CB, PC), our Founding Chair, sadly 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.
4 Scholarships for 2015-16: We are delighted to announce that for the second year running we have raised enough money to cover 4 scholarships, three at the Bruges campus and one at Natolin. Thanks to the generosity of the Thomson family, a George and Grace Thomson/Brunat scholarship has been awarded for a second year and will be available next year as well. The trustees continue to encourage alumni and other sympathisers to join in sponsoring additional students.
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 8 former scholars as members.
New College Brochure: the College of Europe’s brochure for admission during the 2016-2017 academic year has recently been published on the College’s website.
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