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Black history and 2D ‘wonder’ materials researched by European PhD scholars at Warwick

  • Next cohort of European ‘co-tutelle’ PhD scholars to live, learn, and conduct research between different European countries, including the UK’s University of Warwick
  • Scholarship created and funded by EUTOPIA community of six European universities, of which Warwick is a founding member
  • EUTOPIA was included in the ERASMUS+ ‘European Universities’ pilot project in 2019

Black heritage, British political satire, ovarian cancer, and two-dimensional ‘wonder’ materials — all of these are subjects that will be researched by the second cohort of pan-European co-tutelle PhD scholars at the University of Warwick.

The students will be funded by and work within EUTOPIA, a network of six European universities that exists to build a new model of connected and inclusive higher education across the continent, of which Warwick is a founding member.

The co-tutelle scholarship programme enables PhD students, from any nationality and background, to live, learn, and conduct research between two European countries, receiving expert supervision and joint qualifications from two different EUTOPIA institutions.


The scholarship was launched in 2019, allowing PhD researchers to study across the UK, France, and Belgium, and now extends further across the alliance to Slovenia and Spain — opening up more of Europe to the next generation of academics.

This year’s co-tutelle scholars at Warwick and EUTOPIA partner institutions will be exploring the following topics:

  • Digital Mediation and Valorization in the European and African heritage contexts: assets, values, practices and circulations. Perspectives for local, national and international outreach in Black Civilization Museums in West Africa. (University of Warwick and CY Cergy Paris Université).
  • Tuning Integrin Cellular Trafficking in Ovarian Cancer. (University of Warwick and CY Cergy Paris Université).
  • Electronic structure of two-dimensional materials. (University of Warwick and CY Cergy Paris Université).
  • The use of satirical depictions on TV by British political figures since the 1980s. (University of Warwick and CY Cergy Paris Université).
  • Variance Risk in Treasury Markets. (University of Warwick and CY Cergy Paris Université).

Professor Seán Hand, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Europe) at the University of Warwick, commented:

“It was a daunting privilege to choose our next cohort of co-tutelle scholars. The standards are superb, while the subjects cover vitally relevant issues in political, cultural, medical, economic, manufacturing and media studies.

“These dynamic co-supervision arrangements are producing a generation of leading international experts in disciplines that directly develop and support our societies, and are bringing our universities ever closer together as accelerators of progress.”

Projects in the first co-tutelle programme, that began last year, are well underway. They range from a study about migration across Europe and research into reproductive science between Warwick and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, to an analysis of cultural heritage and diplomacy conducted between Warwick and CY Cergy Paris Université.

EUTOPIA is comprised of the University of Warwick, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, CY Cergy Paris Université, the University of Gothenburg, the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, and is led by the University of Ljubljana.

The community unites over 165,000 students and 30,000 members of staff over six countries, with 90,000 international alumni associated with its member universities. Together, the EUTOPIA universities have research centres in 760 areas of knowledge.

In 2019, EUTOPIA was included in the long-anticipated ERASMUS+ ‘European Universities’ pilot.


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22 June 2020

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