Purpose of the commissioning fund

The commissioning fund has been created to ensure that funding is available for applicants interested particularly in pursuing dissemination and impact focused activities related to the overall aims of the initiative. The fund will enable UK RO-based academics to make the findings of social science research available in an accessible form to key stakeholder groups including the public.

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March to May 2016

1.Cross­national conversation (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England, Brussels) disseminating initial research briefing to inform national conversation. Roundtable discussion.

February to June 2016

1. Roundtable: “What’s in the referendum?”; targets a young audience based in the Midlands, and will bring together academics from different departments.

2. One day dissemination conference -­ “British media, EU membership & the referendum” discuss Euroscepticism in the British media and its role in shaping citizens’ attitudes towards the EU.

1. Our research team seeks funding to create an interactive web presentation (or E-tool) to disseminate findings to the UK’s young people.

Before August 2016

1. Compile three accessible observatory analyses

2. Produce an online video with experts explaining the findings

3. Promote the outputs through traditional and social media.

April to November 2016

A two day workshop to elaborate on the report (April 16) and two round table discussions to disseminate key findings by Defence Studies staff with invited guests (October & November 2016)

1. An up-to-date database of relevant academic publications on the website of the Regional Security Research Centre
2. A publicly available research report by the Regional Security Research Centre
3. Tailor made Policy Briefs

April to June 2016

A series of four public debates, online videos, and briefing papers on the potential constitutional consequences—for the UK and the rest of Europe—of British exit from the European Union. Large public event in September 2016

February to June 2016

1.Two expert author workshops (convened with Green Alliance)

2.Launch of expert review event, 11 April 2016.

3.Specialist advice to parliamentary audit committee

4. Fifteen chapter evidence review for experts

5.Synthesis brochure for a public audience

6.Launch event in Brussels in May- June 2016


Before December 2016

1. A half-day pair of public and private panels with officials of the UK government, the Scottish government, Brussels, and academic experts including initiative fellows.

2. Be a paper-giver or panellist at meetings of academic groups and think-tanks discussing European issues or as panellist at meetings of academic groups and think-tanks discussing European issues. Deliver paper at the ECPR June Conference.

3. Referendum or Plebiscite: What’s the difference?. Posted UK in a Changing Europe website 23 July + press release.

4. Can Scotland be more democratic than Switzerland. University of Strathclyde press release late June.

5. How binding can an EU referendum be? UK in a Changing Europe website blog 4 Sept15 and University of Strathclyde press release

6. The UK referendum is a ‘Neverendum’ Europe’s World Oct 15

7.”Is the English Channel widening?” Power point presentation at UK University Association of Centres of European Studies, Bilbao 7 Sept.

8. From public opinion poll to referendum question. Panel organised and power point for EPOP Conference Cardiff 11 Sept with Adam McDonnell YouGov and Geoffrey Evans, Nuffield College & British Election Study.

9. EU referendum gives liberals a chance to unite. Blog, UK in a Changing Europe website, 18 September.

10. Blogs for Conservative and Labour Party conferences.

11. Major analysis of how referendum gives voters the chance to divide against their party leaders for British Election Study.

12. Plus submission to House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and House of Lords participants debating amendments to the Referendum bill.

13. Four Lessons for Cameron from the Greek referendum lead blog 7.7.15 and on UkandEU 9.7.15/

14. EUDO, European University Institute, Florence.

15. Conversations with officials of the FCO, committees of both houses of Parliament, Election Commission, Scottish government, firms polling on the referendum


February- December 2016

Nine EU Exchange Wales sessions to be held from now up to the end of 2016. The substance of these are decided just prior to each event.

1. On 28 September the Northern Ireland Business Trust in conjunction with ourselves organised an event in Parliament Buildings, Stormont where Lee McGowan spoke with colleague Prof David Phinnemore for MLAs.

2. They raised a number of issues to MLAs who will then debate and develop questions for the relevant Northern Ireland executive ministers.

3. The second session occurred in November.

4. On 5 October Lee gave a presentation on Northern Ireland and the UK’s negotiations as part of the European Futures series at Edinburgh alongside colleagues looking at Wales and Scotland

5. On 6 October they organised a seminar on Northern Ireland and the EU referendum: What are the issues? Run by the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy

6. On 13 October Lee visited the regional representation for Northern Ireland in Brussels and took part in a seminar on the implications of a UK exit from the EU for Ireland/Northern Ireland at the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels

7. Early November event held at Queens with Irish Foreign Minister and a senior minister in the Northern Ireland Executive. This considered Britain and Ireland in the EU.

8. Seminar for regional media on reporting the EU.

9.‘We need proper debate on EU before referendum’ - Belfast Telegraph 8 September 2015

10. Opinion piece by Dr Lee McGowan, from the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast regarding the upcoming EU referendum on the issue of membership.

23 June 2016

The evening will start with an informal network opportunity. Before the exit poll results there will be analytic panels examining the referendum topics and more speculative panels discussing the consequences of the result. There will be at least 4 panels lasting 40-45 mins each. 3-4 experts/commentators will participate.

April- June 2016
  1. Practitioner and academic workshop (Manchester): ‘Brexit: the view from the North’
  2. Practitioner and academic roundtable event (Sheffield): the EU’s importance to the local economy;
  3. Public debate (Manchester): local and national politicians debating for and against EU membership
  4. Publications: literature review on the economic relationship between North of England and the EU
March - mid June 2016
  1. 3 short films (3-4 mins each)
  2. 3 interactive infographics
  3. 3 policy briefs



March- June 2016
  1. Blog post on current UK-EU internal security and impact of Brexit;
  2. Academic and policy workshop with results shown to the wider public;
  3. Post-referendum research paper on the future of internal security;
  4. Post-workshop briefing to Industry and Parliament Trust
March- June 2016
  1. Four seminars with trade unions
  2. Non-technical reports to follow each seminar
  3. Overall report for UK in a Changing Europe website
April - August 2016
  1. Policy briefs (2)
  2. Public engagement activities
  3. 3 debates (Surrey/London, Edinburgh, Belfast)
  4. Academic outputs (literature review, 2 journal articles)
May 2016
  1. Half day event considering the issue of sovereignty
  2. pre-event filmed short interviews
  3. post-event audience poll
May 2016
  1. Interactive data visualisation: themes: UK membership and relationship with the EU; economic case for and against membership; cultural implications of membership.
  2. Launching activities: BSA website; BSA briefing paper; media engagement e.g. Buzzfeed and Newsbeat
  3. Promoting on Twitter, email, Google advertising; visualisation appearing on UK in a Changing Europe website
  4. Possibility of BSA data to appear in BBC documentary end of May
March 2015
  1. London Workshop to cover part of the costs of a workshop to be organised in London, June 2015, on the topic of ‘Britain and Europe: Political and Economic Repercussions of the crisis’. The workshop will be the first event run as part of the Network for bringing together scholars from across the social sciences.
May 2015

A series of three events which follow a distinctive stakeholder-led methodology, addressing the changing nature of the legal and constitutional relationship between the UK and the EU. These events, taking place in late-2015, will respond in a timely fashion to public debate around two key legal developments, namely renegotiation of the UK’s position in the EU and, subsequently, the in/out referendum. These include:

  1. A Scoping event with a range of representatives from the third sector – including charities, youth organisations, children’s centres and legal advice centres – and the business community in Liverpool. The aim will be to elicit the views of participants on the particular issues of interest, and areas of concern, relating to the current discourse on the UK’s position in the EU.
  2. A conference which will bring together leading academics and policymakers to unpack, from a legal point of view, the academic dimensions of the debate surrounding the UK’s relationship with the EU for a one-day conference
  3. A Public Engagement Event  lasting for 90 minutes (venue hire for three hours).  This will be delivered by the organisers and the aim will be to provide accessible information relating to the legal and policy issues relevant to the ongoing debate surrounding the UK’s relationship with the EU.


May 2015

Preparation and dissemination of evidence-based policy briefs that focus on choices that will be debated in the coming months while the bill is in the process of setting the terms on which a referendum will subsequently be held.

Given the Scottish government’s distinctive position on EU matters, I will format briefing materials for dissemination to Scottish stakeholders by the University of Strathclyde’s Comms Office and engage with EC and EP offices in Edinburgh. If circumstances are appropriate, I will organise a meeting for the Scottish policy community with Michael Keating, a Senior Fellow of the Initiative.

May 2015

One day conference to assess the nature of the relationship between British automotive manufacturing and the European Union & address the concerns of the ESRC programme on “The UK in a Changing Europe” through analysis of the potential impacts of reform scenarios or a Brexit in what is a key sector of the UK economy.

March 2015

Dissemination of findings of surveys on English opinions on EU membership.

October 2016 to July 2017

The proposal is to take ‘Europe’ into schools using simulated real-world decision-making activities that draw on existing research findings on the issue of EU freedom of movement – a key theme in the referendum campaign and a driver of voting behaviour. Through role-play participants will experience the value of evidence-based knowledge in reaching complex political decisions. The purpose is to promote the exchange of knowledge between researchers and students looking at the likely future outcomes of ‘Brexit’ for the key stakeholders – 16-18 year olds in full-time education – and to inform and hear from a key British demographic on the EU. Simulations will run in six different schools from October 2016 to July 2017, and a schools conference will take place to bring together all participants and other stakeholders, including the media.


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