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Britains membership of the EU will remain vital in securing our influence across Europe and all over the world

Professor Clare Anderson (pictured) from the School of History has written an article discussing some of the positive benefits of EU membership and how it is vital in securing our influence across Europe and all over the world.

In the article, which is hosted on Think: Leicester, Clare discusses how as the director of a large European funded project, The Carceral Archipelago, she was allocated €1.5 million of research funding to spend over a five year period to do the research required to construct the first ever global history of convicts and penal colonies, from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries, in locations all over the world. 

This research will change fundamentally the way in which we view the history of the world since the 1400s and it will enable us to understand better some of its legacies and continuities in the present day - for instance, Indigenous dispossession.

Additionally, the article outlines how the European Research Council has enabled her to oversee the training of the next generation of History research students and researchers, as they forge their own careers in learning, teaching and public engagement.

Professor Anderson said: "The purpose of this blog is to remind us all of the enormously positive benefits of EU membership. Britain’s membership of the EU has been and will remain vital to securing the vibrancy of the arts and humanities in British universities, to educating and training our young people, to understanding the past, and to enriching cultural life – and in securing our influence across Europe and all over the world."

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