The University of Birmingham was one of the first Universities in Europe to be awarded the prestigious Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence title in 1998 and this was reaffirmed in the Summer of 2006 when the University was one of only a handful of institutions to have the title and funding re-awarded.
The University’s outstanding reputation in European Studies was further recognised when it was awarded £8.4 million to establish a dedicated European Research Institute (ERI). The ERI has had many major successes in bringing recognition and funding from the European Union and other research funders. The ERI was created as the UK's foremost centre of expertise on European matters.
The Director of the Jean Monnet Centre, Professor Cillian Ryan, said: "The Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence title celebrates not just the ERI but the wider community of European scholars in the Schools of Business, Humanities, Geography, Public Policy, Law (and the Institute of European Law) at the University of Birmingham and marks it out as one of the foremost centres for the study of Europe in the world".
A University initiative - The Graduate Centre for Europe (GCfE)
27UP: Romanian and Bulgarian Accession and the Future of EU Enlargement, ERI / Jean Monnet Centre Conference 15 March 2007
The University holds a number of Jean Monnet Chairs:
In Addition Dr Tim Haughton holds a Jean Monnet Teaching award.
This expertise in European affairs is complemented by three dedicated research institutes:
Including a host of additional researchers based in affiliated departments.
The University's interdisciplinary expertise was recognised by an award from the British Government’s Joint Infrastructure Fund for a dedicated European Research Institute, opened in November 2001 by the Prime Minister, Tony Blair. It has been further recognised by the New Security Challenges Programme, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, supporting 40 research projects over a five year period from 2003.