EUCN Weeked School 2011

Students and Staff from around New Zealand came together for the fifth annual EUCN Postgraduate Weekend School, in Kaikoura from the 13th – 15th May. The workshop, co-ordinated by the University of Otago, was an opportunity for students to present their EU focused research topics and to participate in a series of workshops highlighting different academic skills.

Students and Staff from around New Zealand came together for the fifth annual EUCN Postgraduate Weekend School, in Kaikoura from the 13th – 15th May. The workshop, co-ordinated by the University of Otago, was an opportunity for students to present their EU focused research topics and to participate in a series of workshops highlighting different academic skills.

Friday night was set aside for introductions and settling into the UC Field Station lodge which overlooks the stunning Kaikoura ranges. On Saturday students outlined their research in short presentations, receiving feedback and advice from lecturers and other students. Skills workshops on Publication and Critique  and Interviews and Presentations helped students to develop ideas of how to extend their research beyond university assignments and how to build skills as effective communicators around their research topics. The traditional Euro Quiz held on Saturday evening provided an opportunity for people to showcase their knowledge of all things European (including a worryingly indepth knowledge of Eurovision by some participants).  On Sunday morning students participated in a workshop focused on developing funding and grant applications. After a lunch that included the local delicacy (Kaikoura crayfish), there was some time to view the seal colony before heading home.

Students agreed that this workshop weekend offered them the opportunity to meet and network with other young scholars also working in the area of EU Studies, develop skills to strengthen their research methodology and a greater appreciation for how to effectively communicate their research in presentations, publications and in funding applications.