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Activities of the Institute can be grouped under five main themes: Research collaboration, teaching collaboration, joint programmes, student exchanges, and public engagement.

Research collaboration

One of the main aims of the partnership is to promote research that links the two universities or that analyses European issues. Collaborative research projects have already been established in a number of areas. Explore our Institute website for details of joint conferences, publications and other events.

Teaching collaboration

Staff exchanges between the two universities, primarily through the EU Erasmus scheme, are one of the main vehicles for cooperation. If you are a member of staff in Hope (academic or administrative) and are interested in the idea of an exchange, come and have a chat with us. And of course, while Hope and the Catholic University of Lille are primary partners, both institutions have links with other partner universities around Europe. There are plenty of options.

Joint programmes

We are developing joint programmes between Liverpool Hope and the Catholic University. The flagship joint programme is the Vice-Chancellor’s PhD scholarships. We are also putting in place a number of joint Masters programmes.

Vice-Chancellor’s PhD scholarships

In 2017, Liverpool Hope University announced a number of Vice-Chancellor’s PhD scholarships which are jointly supervised between Hope and the Catholic University. Our current scholars are:

Alison Offe in Media and Communications, who started in 2016 with Dr Jacqui Miller (Liverpool Hope) and Dr Suzanne Bray (Catholic University of Lille) as co-supervisors and Prof. Simon Piasecki (Liverpool Hope) as Director of Studies. Alison is researching media representations of the Tudors.

Andrew Kesiak in Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, who started in October 2017 with Dr Dominika Kurek-Chomycz (Liverpool Hope) and Dr Cathy Leblanc (Catholic University of Lille) as co-supervisors and Prof. Peter McGrail (Liverpool Hope) as Director of Studies. Andrew is researching the links between music, theology and hermeneutics in the work of John Taverner.

Joint MA programmes

A joint MA in International Marketing will start in September 2018. It is a two-year programme, with students spending time in both Lille and Liverpool.

The two universities are finalising plans for a joint Masters in Law – this should be up and running in 2019.

An MA in Contemporary European Affairs is being finalised in 2018. This will be a two-year double-degree, with the first year in Liverpool and the second year in Lille. We also aim to include other European partners, particularly the University of Namur in Belgium.

Other joint activities

Students from ISEA in Lille, from Liverpool Hope and from University College Ghent in Belgium are working together on a cooperative business strategy role-play. In 2018, the event is in two phases, in Lille (14-16 February) and Ghent (19-20 March).

Student exchanges

Fostering new learning opportunities for students that are intellectually and culturally enriching is high on the agenda of both universities. By studying abroad, by gaining work experience or by volunteering, students can significantly enhance their skills and their cv’s. If you are a Hope student interested in spending a semester or a year in Lille or with one of our other partner universities, take a look at the Study Abroad section of the Student Gateway.

Public engagement

The Institute wants to promote wider public knowledge about Europe and European issues, and therefore many of our events are open to the public. In particular, we aim to hold regular public events – lectures, roundtables, seminars and so on – on a wide variety of Europe-related topics. Take a look at the ‘Events’ section of the website for full information, and if you would like to be informed about forthcoming events, get in touch ( and we will add you to our mailing list.