Swansea University to host EU Referendum Event; What Does it Mean for Wales? Bay Campus, 17th June 2016.

With just shy of week before the United Kingdom goes to the polls to decide whether or not to remain in the European Union, Swansea University will be bringing together experts from industry and academia to share their knowledge and experience on the European Union, and what the referendum means for Wales.

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This event is free to attend, and open to all; from businesses and academic colleagues to everyone within the local community.  It takes the format of a series of bite size presentations, looking historically at why the UK originally went into the EU, and moving right through to today, and the reasons and misgivings for remaining in the EU.


Delegates will hear from our students, on the importance of voting, and from a Welsh based business in the Medical sector, actively working with European partners.  The event will include presentations from leading academics in the field, and will conclude with a look at the likelihood of an in-out referendum, based on some of the latest research at Swansea University.   

Prior to the presentations, delegates will have the opportunity to take a tour of Swansea University’s  new state of the art Bay campus and peruse the ‘Research as Art’ gallery, which showcases a wide range of research conducted at the University with funding and partners from both inside and outside the EU.

Professor Martin Stringer, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Swansea University, and chair for the event will be welcoming delegates to the event with an overview of Swansea University’s relationship with the EU. 

Professor Stringer commented:

“As a University, we are in the privileged position of being able to draw on a vast knowledge base both from within the University, and externally.  This has enabled us to put on an event for local stakeholders across Wales, to look at a number of key issues, and the associated pros and cons of remaining in the EU in an informative and digestible format.”

This event will be taking place prior to a BBC Wales live televised debate with Huw Edwards at Swansea University's Great Hall. 

For further information, and to register, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/eu-referendum/





14.00 – 15.00


Registration & Refreshments


Research As Art Exhibition: Showcase of EU & non-EU funded research projects

14.10 – 14.45


The EU footprint on Swansea University; Tour of the Bay Campus




Welcome to Swansea University


Professor Martin Stringer, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Academic Services

Lecture Theatre 049, Great Hall


How could BREXIT effect the local economy in Wales?

Professor David Blackaby

Lecture Theatre 049, Great Hall


1. Horizon 2020 Case Study: Developing personalised treatments for cancer patients with EU partners

2. How the EU has helped speed up drug development through the harmonisation of medical legislation

Matthew Lakelin

TrakCel Ltd

Lecture Theatre 049, Great Hall


A Message from our Students:

“Why young people need to vote”

Swansea University Student Union Videos

Lecture Theatre 049, Great Hall


Why Britain originally went into the EU – reasons and misgivings

Professor Jonathan Bradbury

Lecture Theatre 049, Great Hall


What are the arguments for and against being in the EU now

Robert Bideleux

Lecture Theatre 049, Great Hall


Governance & Legitimacy of being in the EU

Dion Curry

Lecture Theatre 049, Great Hall


The likelihood of an ‘in’ and ‘out’ vote

Dr Matt Wall

Lecture Theatre 049, Great Hall


Event Close