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The UK in a Changing Europe initiative is intended to improve access to research on the relationship between the UK and the European Union (EU).[1] It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and is based at King's College London.

UK in a Changing Europe Initiative
Prof. Anand Menon


UK in a Changing Europe is led by Director Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King's College London, with nine senior fellows and a team based at Virginia Woolf Building on Kingsway in central London.[2] The primary objective is to disseminate academic research in an accessible format to inform public and political debates on the UK's place in the EU.[1] The first round of fellows concluded in January 2015.[3] Funded academics are expected to work on projects to make their work accessible to the public, through activities such as blog posts and public events.[4]

European Union membership referendumEdit

The group has made several contributions to the debate over the UK's membership of the European Union. Members have written 'explainers' covering topics such as security, media coverage, and migration.[5] They funded the report 'The EU Referendum and UK environment' released in April 2016.[6] They have also collaborated with ITV News and Full Fact on a series of reports,[7] and with the BBC's World at one on short explainers.[8] On 25 April 2016 they published a report (in collaboration with Full Fact) entitled 'Leave/Remain: the facts behind the claims' which checked 24 claims made by both campaigns and found both sides had made 'misleading' or 'unfounded' claims.[9][betterĀ sourceĀ needed][10]

What UK thinks, a collaborative project run by NatCen Social Research, publishes a 'poll of polls' which has been used by several media outlets.[11][12][13][14]


  1. ^ a b "About us". Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Anand Menon to head a new ESRC project". Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  3. ^ "ESRC UK in a Changing Europe Senior Fellowships call". Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  4. ^ "UK in a Changing Europe - commissioning fund". Economic and Social Research Council. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  5. ^ Greenslade, Roy (9 March 2016). "Websites sort the facts from the fiction for EU referendum voters". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  6. ^ Harvey, Fiona (11 April 2016). "Report highlights environmental dangers of leaving EU". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Finding the facts: ITV News series on the EU referendum". ITV News. 16 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  8. ^ "World at One: Clips". BBC Radio 4, World at One. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Truth is the first casualty of EU referendum, experts say". Daily Mail. Press Association. 25 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  10. ^ Wright, Oliver (25 April 2016). "EU referendum: The verdict on both sides of the campaign-you can't believe either of them". The Independent. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  11. ^ Allen, Kate (31 March 2016). "'Fewer and better polls please' says inquiry into 2015 election polling disaster". FT Data blog. The Financial Times Ltd. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  12. ^ Kirk, Ashley; Wilkinson, Michael (19 April 2016). "EU referendum poll tracker and odds". The Telegraph News. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  13. ^ Gripper, Anne (8 April 2016). "EU referendum poll tracker: Is Britain heading for Brexit and what does the UK think of Europe?". Mirror Online. MGN Limited. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  14. ^ Worrel, Patrick (19 February 2016). "FactCheck: how Britain is split on the EU". Channel 4 Fact Check. Channel Four Television Corporation. Retrieved 23 April 2016.