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Russell Square New for 2014 - Human Rights in London
We are delighted to announce that Uconn in London is now offeing a course in Human Rights. Building on the success of UConn in London’s Global Citizenship in Practice program and an ongoing partnership with the education, training and citizenship organization ETC, this new track offers students the opportunity to complete 12 -15 credits of coursework, which includes a semester-long internship with a major Human Rights organization.

Russell Square We Have Moved...
We are delighted to announce that Uconn in London’s classrooms and office have over the summer moved to a beautiful building in Russell Square, WC1. Here we have access to state-of-the-art technology and spacious classrooms. In the Autumn semester our student housing will also change, and students will be fortunate enough to live in one of London’s most architecturally stunning buildings, Conway Hall London SE1.
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Newsletter
Visit the newsletters page to read the newest installment of the UConn in London newsletter.

Welcome from our Resident Programme Director:

A very warm welcome to the UConn in London website. At a time when some significant changes are taking place in our programme, never a better time to update our website and tell you a little about the changes.

Jill FentonAfter months of planning, UConn in London's office and classrooms have finally moved into Monticello House in Russell Square - a beautiful Georgian building that is located opposite the gardens of Russell Square. Our new office has a friendly aspect and our classrooms state of the art. In addition to that we have received a warm and friendly welcome from the Anglo Educational team who are based at Monticello House.

In the Autumn semester for the first time our students will be living at the prestigious Conway Hall that is adjacent to the renowned King’s College London. These spacious apartments are conveniently located opposite to London Waterloo mainline rail and underground stations whilst within walking distance of the National Theatre, Hayward Gallery and British Film Institute. This area of London has many cultural attractions whether theatres, eating places, pubs or IMAX cinema and, for students who like to walk in the city, many fine walks and views, indeed only a minute away from Conway Hall the best view of London at night when walking along Waterloo Bridge. Evidently, UConn in London students will have plenty to occupy them in this vicinity.

The last time I wrote a letter for this website it was by way of introducing you to a dedicated website for UConn in London. Since those early days the programme has gone from strength to strength - the introduction of a Business and Economics programme in both the autumn and spring semesters and, in the coming academic year, the further introduction of a Human Rights programme. Our Global Citizenship programme has developed both academically and in terms of providing relevant and cutting edge community engagement opportunities for UConn students that compliment the critical edge to the academic Global Citizenship course. Some faculty have come and gone whilst others have remained and continued to develop their courses to offer exceptional learning opportunities for our students. In the midst of this, UConn in London has gathered a reputation for offering teaching excellence as well as unique and challenging volunteering and internship opportunities that encourage in-depth reflective learning.

I could not be more proud of the team that I work with: our office staff, Joanna and Thandar, who work hard to coordinate our social and cultural programmes; Dave Hopper of ETC who coordinates our Global Citizenship volunteering programme; the faculty who combine teaching for UConn in London with teaching at other prestigious universities - Queen Mary University of London, Birkbeck University of London, the University of Lilles and the International Study Centre, Herstmonceux (the location for the study abroad programme of Queen's University Canada). We also have a wonderful team of volunteers who support us: Thomas (our former Student Life Coordinator) who, semester by semester and game by game, has led our student football teams to victory against the neighbouring New York University study abroad students; Brian whose incredible walking knowledge of London and South England has enabled students to discover parts of the city and countryside that they barely knew existed; Nick, Paul and Emma whose expertise in climbing Helvellyn in the picturesque Lake District has given to UConn students experiences they describe as pivotal and life changing. I should also mention that over the last two years our office has been blessed with some wonderful interns: UConn in London graduates Lorena, Caitlin, Kevin and Alex who continue to be ambassadors for our programme as they develop their professional lives in the US; graduate and current students at Queen Mary, University of London, Ibsa, Yigit and Emily, who have been assisting us during the summer programmes.

As well as these comings and goings we have for two years welcomed SSS students for three weeks in the summer and each autumn fourteen graduate students from the renowned Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. This summer, for the first time, ten pre-business students and their programme leader, Associate Professor Robert Bird, joined our summer group and enabled UConn in London to formulate new and exciting connections with international lawyers and business professionals who are located in London and further afield.

Finally, I certainly cannot forget that exactly one year ago UConn in London's Summer Olympics Programme was in full flow as forty UConn students took relevant academic courses, coached and played basketball with various youth projects across London, and combined all this with attending games at the Olympic venues whilst searching out the Olympic Games key social spaces in London. The six weeks of that programme were energetic and exciting for all of us involved and enabled UConn in London to make some lasting connections in the voluntary sports sector.

I hope you enjoy looking through the pages of this website and learning more about our programme. It is without doubt growing and as its Director I congratulate all our team who have worked hard to enable this growth to take place.

Jill Fenton





'London by Night' made by Spring 2012 student Peter Logue