Recipients of BRUNAT Scholarships at a reception in Bruges in Summer 2017.
Charlotte Brett has a French law degree and a LLM in Public International Law specialised in armed conflicts and human rights. She has worked at the European Parliament and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. After such experiences she was eager to learn how the European Union could address transnational issues and crises. She is studying the MA EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies and would like to work in an international environment dealing with legal and political issues.
Joel Mason read Philosophy and Political Economy at the University of Exeter, including a year studying Politics at Sciences Po Grenoble in France. Since completing his undergraduate degree he has worked for the Liberal Democrats. Joel is now studying international relations at the College. He says “given the changes in the UK’s relationship with Europe due to Brexit, this is a fascinating time to be studying this field and to be living in such an international environment.”
Anna Wilson studied modern history and politics at Warwick University, including a year in Vienna. She has a long-standing record of pro-European activism which she is now reinforcing with European Interdisciplinary Studies on the Natolin campus of the College of Europe. Already a skilled and experienced communicator, her goal is to become a European journalist.
Sophie Buckingham has a law degree that included an Erasmus year in France. After EU International Relations & Diplomacy at the College of Europe, she now works in the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the European External Action Service in Brussels.
Samuel Kerr studied Politics and French at the University of Bristol. Since graduation he has worked for NGOs. At UNHCR he came to appreciate the complexity of the refugee crisis to which only a multilateral solution through the EU, an international institution, can be found.
Nye Williams-Renouf read EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College, having previously studied Law at Cambridge. After graduating he joined the Civil Service and now works for HM Treasury as a Policy Adviser.
Zoe Grimes studied French and Italian at the University of Bristol and spent her third year in Trieste and Aix-en-Provence. Following graduation she spent a year in Japan as an English teacher in Nagasaki prefecture. Zoe followed the European Political and Administrative Studies course at Bruges with a traineeship supporting the Regional Development Committee in the European Parliament. She is now a senior policy advisor at the Department for International Trade.
Veronika Kucherchuk studied European Disciplinary Studies at Natolin. She is now working as an intern in the European Commission’s International Co-operation and Development DG, following which she will work at the European Endowment for Democracy as an Eastern Partnership Programme Officer Intern. Born in Ukraine, with a Modern Languages degree from Southampton University, she would like to work as a diplomat or a professional in an international organisation.
Adin Samson took the International Relations and Diplomacy programme in Bruges after reading Law at Cambridge. After graduating from the College he started a traineeship with the European Commission, following which he was hired as a consultant in security for development. He now works for the British government in Brussels.
Roland Scarlett read European Political and Administrative Studies at the College, and subsequently has worked at the FCO and at US law firm Covington & Burling in Brussels. He is currently a trainee solicitor with Clifford Chance, where he focuses on European and international law.
Alex Braley graduated from the European Political and Administrative Studies department. He went on to work in the European Commission’s Secretariat-General on institutional issues for over a year having started as a Blue Book trainee. He now works on EU policy for Her Majesty’s Government in the UK’s Permanent Representation to the EU based in Brussels. Alex grew up in several European countries and earned his tri-lingual undergraduate degree at Sciences-Po in France, where he now also lectures on the European Union. From such a background he appreciates the issues that European citizens face in an increasingly globalised and multi-polar world in which Member States must increasingly, by pooling resources, coordinate policy and speak with unity to safeguard and maximise their wealth and influence.
Jonathan Peters studied EU International Relations and Diplomacy, having studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield. After graduating from the College he followed two internships in the European Parliament, firstly in the Secretariat working with the Environment Committee and secondly in the European Green Party working and campaigning on the UK’s EU referendum. Since then he has worked in the European Parliament section in the UK Permanent Representation to the EU, and now works in the Department for Exiting the European Union.
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. She now works on Europe in the UK 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.
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. After a job with an international law firm in Brussels he is now Support Officer to the Foreign Policy and Development Team in the UK Permanent Representation to the EU Institutions in Brussels.
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.
Oliver Hodgson studied for a Masters in European Political and Administrative Studies following his law degree at Cambridge University. He has always maintained an interest in European affairs and now works for a city law firm, where he practises international law.
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 completed the MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy. A dual national of the UK and Trinidad and Tobago, she graduated (First Class Honours with Distinction in Oral French) in European Studies from King’s College London, including an Erasmus Year at Sciences Po Paris. Yentyl’s research on EU-Caribbean trade relations, the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA), led to her invitation to the Academy of Global Governance at the European University Institute. She was trainee in the European Commission’s DG Trade EPA unit, and later worked at Burson-Marsteller, consulted on the impacts of TTIP for developing countries and at the joint EU-ACP organisation, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). Yentyl is expert at the European Economic and Social Committee for the forthcoming green paper on the future of EU-ACP relations.
Sebastian Clark was the elected student representative of the IRD programme. After graduation he spent a number of years in Brussels working at the European Commission and public policy practices of law firms Linklaters and K&L Gates. He then worked as a Policy Adviser at HM Treasury in London, advising on customs policy and EU exit. Sebastian now works for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a Trade Policy Adviser at the British High Commission in New Delhi. 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 EU’s Role in the Formation of India’s Climate Change Policy” that was published by the College of Europe and the UN Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies. After graduation, she joined the Department for Energy and Climate Change. Emily then worked as a senior policy advisor in the European & Global Issues Secretariat in Cabinet Office, involved with the Paris Climate summit, the EU referendum and the planned 2017 British Presidency of the Council. She now works with HSBC in Canary Wharf on climate finance involving sustainability projects with the World Bank, United Nations and the European Commission.
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.”