European Question Time

European Question Time

Thursday 6 March 6.30p.m.

Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, Durham


Ever wondered what a MEP actually does ? How will your vote at the European Parliamentary elections give you a voice on the EU stage ? How does the European Parliament work and is it worth the money it costs to run ?


These and more questions can be answered at special event hosted by Principal, Professor David Harper and open to all members of the college and wider university community.

Stephen Hughes MEP, Fiona Hall MEP, Dr Christian Schweiger and Cllr Thomas Nearney will introduce the role of the European institutions and help answer your questions about the Parliamentary elections which will be held on Thursday 22 May 2014.

This is not a party political campaigning event but an information session; particularly targeted at first time voters who want to try to make better sense of the European political systems.

Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Lakeside Room.

Places are limited and admission will be ticketed. To reserve a place, please email

The event is supported by the European Commission and the European Parliament Office in the UK and managed by Europe Direct.

Link2Learn winners

Durham County Council won the local authority category in the British Council/HSBS Link2Learn awards. At a recent ceremony, Council Chairman Cllr Pauline Charlton and international officer, Brian Stobie, picked up the prize of £3500, which will be spent on international education projects in the county’s schools.

Link2Learn Presentations HSBC 22-11-2013 110

Work placement from France

I’m Pauline, I’m twenty years old.

I come from France. I live and study in Saint-Quentin in the North of France, which is a little city of 70 000 residents, about 170 kilometres from Paris.

I’m studying foreign languages; English and German, economics, management, and others subjects with a view to becoming as a personal assistant.

I came to Durham for a six week work experience placement. I arrived on November, 10th and will return to my family just before Christmas on December, 22nd.

I live in Durham at Houghall College with 4 classmates who work in different places: St Aidan’s College, Hatfield College, Van Mildert College and Durham Johnston School.

I work at Durham County Council with Mr.STOBIE, MRS. SMITH and MS. TURZYNSKI in the International Relations office.

During my internship, I have completed many different tasks: translations, creation of documents, and other office work.

I participated in many events like the 60th anniversary of the partnership with Kreis Wesel, a conference about European funding, a meeting with pupils to show them the importance of learning foreign languages, and a meeting about the Christmas Truce with 13 year old pupils who are learning History and French, where I helped them with translation of letters from French soldiers.

I met some interesting and important persons like the German delegation and peopel from Durham’s partner French council.

This internship allowed me to visit Beamish (a famous open air museum) with a group of Germans teachers and pupils, but also the DLI Museum with a group of French people who were visiting us for an exchange project.

I visited Durham, and I saw wonderful countryside. When I arrived, it was LUMIERE in Durham; a light festival all across the city. I never saw anything like that before. There were so many people who went here to see this unmissable festival.

This internship was a marvelous experience, and a great opportunity to learn and practise more English, to discover another country and another culture, and interesting people. It is also an interesting work placement, which will help me in my future work life.

I hope that my English has improved, and I will keep a lot of good memories from this experience.

Partners in Europe

Europe Direct hosted a seminar on 29 November which aimed to look at some of the new generation of programmes from the European Union. The presentations which we have been allowed to publish are shown below


Creative Links – the unfolding story – Presentation by Caroline Theobald

Partners in Europe – DG presentation – Overview of opportunities by Dorothy Gibson

ITM event 2013 – Presentation by Craig Reid

ERASMUS+brief 29 Nov 2013 – Presentation by Brian Stobie


EU%20LIFE%20291113 – Presentation by Niall Benson

North Sea INTERREG Programme 2014-2020.ppt – Presentation by Jon Jordan

SiDAM FP7 Overview – Horizon 2020

Horizon202 wrap-up bkt title

Horizon202 intro bkt – Presentation by Professor Brian Tanner