Overview

An outline of the programme can be seen below. Neither the topics nor the locations are necessarily exactly what will be provided in 2022-23, but this outline is based on the first two cohorts and the next one will follow a very similar structure. Each module lasts between 3 and 5 days.

The programme is structured so that there is progression through the leadership, ethical, and training strands, as well as enabling organic group project development. The amount of project work per module increases proportionately as the programme progresses. On completion there may be possibilities for group projects to be published.

It is a demanding programme. Successful applicants are expected to attend all modules in full and so potential applicants should make sure they know about the commitment that this programme requires. The actual dates of modules for the cohort 2022-23 will be published as soon as possible.

More detail on the topics covered in the first cohort (2018-19) can be seen below, as well as information about group projects here.

More information about the content can be found in our FAQs (pdf – to come very soon).

Programme outline

Year One

  1. Oxford (14-18 March 2022)
    Introduction to Europe, Leadership & Societal Problems
  2. Leuven/Brussels (30 May – 3 June 2022)
    European Policy & Institutions
  3. Luxembourg (12-16 September 2022)
    Media & Policy
  4. Lisbon (Winter 2022/23, exact dates tbc)
    Skills & Project Development

Year Two

  1. Bologna (12-16 April 2023)
    Democracy in Europe
  2. Geneva (June 2023, exact dates tbc)
    Europe & the World
  3. Helsinki (14-18 August 2023)
    Intensive Project Work & Policy Evaluation
  4. Berlin (25-27 September 2023)
    Scholar Presentations to the Policy World & Europaeum Alumni Gathering

Overview of modules for the 2018/19 cohort

Please note that the details below commenced in January, but subsequent cohorts will start in the spring. The details below are no guarantee of the same topics being covered again for a future module, as they are very much tailored to focus on what is current, the particular interests of the cohort, and the focus of the group projects. We also draw on local expertise. With only 8 modules and more than twice as many member institutions we try to go to as many places as possible, so locations and therefore local resources and expertise will differ and may or may not be repeated in the future. Despite these qualifications, the shape and content of the 2018/19 cohort provides a good guide to the kind of things to expect in this programme.

Module 1

Oxford | January 2018

The main focus of the module was to provide an introduction to key policy challenges facing Europe, the ethical challenges of leadership, and getting to know one another and working together.

  • Plenary sessions on Europe Today, and Brexit & Europe, Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Research Problems, Doughnut Economics, Europe & the World: Perspectives from Brussels.
  • Talks about being an MP/MEP; Empathy; Ethics & Public Policy; Europe: Where Next?
  • Group discussions on the topics raised in the plenary sessions.
  • Workshop with the Oxford Character Project about Altruism and Leadership.

Module 2

Brussels | March 2018

The main focus of the module was getting insights into different European and international organisations based in Brussels and to hear from a range of stakeholders about current policy discussions. Scholars pitched their project ideas to their groups and by the end of the module every group had agreed on the project they were going to undertake.

  • Plenary sessions on Speechwriting and Communication in Europe; NATO; European Security
  • Talks about the UN; Challenges in Europe; Discussion Panel on Migration; Populism
  • Group discussions about possible projects
  • Visits to the European Parliament; International Red Cross Office; House of European
  • History; European Political Strategy Centre; Brussels Town Hall

Module 3

Geneva | June 2018

Module three focussed on three areas: professional skills training, learning more about two key international organisations based in Geneva, and developing the group projects.

  • Talks about the UN and institutional reform; the SDGs; Media branding and online media profiles; Experts/Expertise and the Policy Academic
  • Training sessions on Multilateral Negotiating Skills and Professional Report Writing
  • Group work developing the projects
  • Visits to UN and WTO

Module 4

Leiden/DenHaag | September 2018

Module four also had a strong emphasis on training: this time a mixture of academic and professional training, some of which was linked to the group projects.

  • Plenary Session by Professor Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
  • Professional and academic training sessions on Organising an Academic Conference; Media Training; Abstract Writing Workshop; Academic Article Publishing and Videography
  • Group work developing the projects
  • Workshop with the Oxford Character Project on collaborative leadership
  • Visits to Leiden City Hall with talk by the Mayor & Policy-coordinators; International IDEA; Humanity House

Module 5

Barcelona  | January 2019

The talks in this module largely focused on giving voice to those who are affected by policy—those who have sought asylum or those working to help marginalised members of society.

  • Plenary session on Challenges to Democracy in the Twenty-First Century
  • Talks about Policy Making in Theory and Practice; Euroscepticism; Seeking Asylum in Europe; Refugees; Gang-affected Women; Energy Poverty; Challenges of Teaching in Europe’s Political Environment
  • Group work developing the projects. Some groups met with specialists to discuss their project ideas and receive feedback on them.
  • Workshop on Ethical Dilemmas in Leadership
  • Visit to the Catalan Parliament

Module 6

Berlin | March/April 2019

The media landscape has a profound impact on our politics, so this was the focus of module 6.

  • Talks about Media Pluralism in Europe; Social Media and Democracy; The Threat of Corruption to Economic and Political Development and Security; Approaches to online communication and politics; Speechwriting and Politics; A Life in Publishing.
  • Group work on the projects
  • Workshop on Public Speaking
  • Visits to Bundestag and Axel Springer Verlag

Module 7

Prague | June 2019

This module gave us the opportunity to view Europe from further East as well as to re-examine many of the contemporary challenges to democracy.

  • Plenary lecture on Protests for Catalonian Independence and the Spanish response
  • Talks about Youth Engagement with Civil Society; The 2019 EU Elections and the EU Parliament; New Political Parties and a New Changing Attitudes in the Czech Republic; Rule of Law in Europe on EU and European Neighbourhood/perspectives of accession states
  • Group work on the projects. Any groups who had not yet had a chance to receive feedback from an expert in their field had a session with an expert at this module

Module 8

Oxford | September 2019

The final module focused on finalising the project work and providing professional training that helped the Scholars as they began to look beyond their towards their degree and towards the job market. Each group presented their policy recommendation(s) to a panel who assessed which project (or projects) deserved to win the prize sponsored by the Financial Times.

  • Training on aspects of job applications, career planning, grant applications, publishing, and knowledge exchange.
  • Ethical workshop on resisting institutional pressures.
  • Group work finalising the projects and policy recommendations.
  • Presentations by the Scholars to a panel of judges from the policy world

Online modules held for cohort 2 (2020/21):

Module 1

Online | 2-5 June 2020

A short introductory mini module was held to launch the Programme proper. The purpose of the mini module was threefold: 1) to facilitate the Scholars getting to know and get used to working with one another; 2) to enhance their understanding and thinking about some current issues facing Europe; and 3) to get them to reflect on ethical issues associated with leadership and develop their own views on these topics. To this end, there were five main sessions:

  • A discussion panel on Europe Today with Dr Heather Grabbe (Open Society Foundations), Duncan Robinson (The Economist), and Dr Hartmut Mayer (The Europaeum / University of Oxford) followed by small group discussion
  • A talk on disinformation in elections with Professor Philip Howard (University of Oxford) followed by small group discussion
  • A workshop on killer robots and ethics in warfare followed by small group discussion on the ethics of technology in warfare
  • A workshop with the Oxford Character Project on leading for the public good
  • A small group exercise on multidisciplinarity.

Module 2

Online | 31 August – 3 September 2020

This module was planned for Prague as a hybrid module, but rising Covid case numbers meant it had to move completely online. There were three primary aims: Examine bottom-up perspectives on policy making and how policy impacts on those on the ground; Provide professional training that will be relevant to you as you work on your projects and in your careers in the longer term; Identify project groups and project areas.
Session themes included: citizenship, migration and integration, gang violence, changing social wellbeing and attitudes in the Czech Republic; economic issues, including the likely long-term impact of the EU’s COVID recovery package; anti-racism and diversity.

Group Project Work
The project areas that have emerged are:
• Encouraging diversity in European Institutions (either academic or political)
• Environment and economy
• Misinformation and mental health
• Youth and digital democracy

Module 3

Online | 7 – 10 December 2020

This module had three primary aims:

  • To deepen Scholars’ understanding of EU institutions
  • To deepen Scholars’ understanding of current policy areas and debates
  • For the scholars to make progress on their group project work, including ending the module with a clearly defined project area.

Content:

  • A mixture of plenary sessions, workshops and project work
  • Topics: advocacy processes involved in EU policy making; gender mainstreaming; policy issues

Module 4

Online | 22 – 26 March 2021
Rule of Law in Europe

Content:

  • Sessions on: Rule of Law in the EU, European neighbourhoods, the role of court, human rights, state capture and corruption.
  • Professional training in policy writing
  • Group work

Followed by two short workshops in April with leading professionals from industry for the group working on transition within the automotive industry.

Module 5

Online | 7 – 11 June 2021
EU policy and institutions

Content:

  • Sessions on: the impact of Covid (health governance and trade); UN reform; sustainable development goals; migration governance.
  • Group work including writing policy documents

Module 6

7-11 June 2021
Global Governance

Talks by experts from WTO and the UN; also presentations on: Multilateralism; Private Sector; Global Migration & Health  Governance
Group Work

Module 7

August 2021

in progress