Dr. Diana Bozhilova joins New College of the Humanities as Convenor and Lecturer in Politics & International Relations

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Dr. Bozhilova will teach Politics & International relations.

The Politics & International Relations BSc and contextual course help to broaden students’ outlook. Dr. Bozhilova’s expertise will be invaluable in enabling students to consider the larger picture in the day-to-day actions of governments and peoples.

New College of the Humanities(NCH) announces today that Dr Diana Bozhilova will join as Convenor and Lecturer in Politics & International Relations. She will be working closely with Professor Vernon Bogdanor CBE and Dr Marianna Koli on the Politics & International Relations BSc and contextual course taught at the College.

Diana Bozhilova was awarded a first class honours degree with distinction in European Studies & German at King’s College London. She then completed her PhD in the Europeanization of Justice and Home Affairs and Industrial Policy reform in CEE under supervision from Professor Jan Palmowski and Dr. Simon Usherwood. Dr Bozhilova was elected to the A C Laskarides Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Hellenic Observatory at the London School of Economics (LSE) with a project on Greece as a hub for energy security and diversification in South-East Europe. This project grew in geographic scope to include the EU-Russia strategic relations in the region and beyond with an Associate Fellowship at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Her research interests include Europeanization in South-East Europe, particularly in relation to Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. In addition, specific areas of interest include Justice and Home Affairs, Industrial Policy and Public Procurement Policy. Dr Bozhilova is also interested in energy security in the Southern European Energy Corridor and EU-Russia bilateral relations.

In 2010, Dr Bozhilova returned to her alma mater as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Hellenic Studies. There, she worked on a historical review of a centenary of bilateral relations between Greece and Bulgaria since 1913 and the wider implication of those for the region of South-East Europe. This culminated in a major international conference at King’s College, as well as a forthcoming collection of papers.

She has published extensively in publications such as Routledge on EU-Russia bilateral relations in 2013, European Security and Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies on Energy security in South-East Europe in 2011, Exchange Magazine on the subject of Sustainable Energy, amongst others. Dr Bozhilova speaks English, German, Bulgarian and some Russian.

Most recently, Diana served as expert witness in the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union enquiry into the prospects of future enlargement, leading to the publication of its report in March 2013.

A C Grayling, Master of New College of the Humanities said: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr Bozhilova to New College of the Humanities. Our students are challenged throughout their time at NCH to think critically and the Politics & International Relations BSc and contextual course help to broaden students’ outlook. Dr. Bozhilova’s expertise will be invaluable in enabling students to consider the larger picture in the day-to-day actions of governments and peoples.”

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Notes to Editors

New College of the Humanities (NCH) offers a new model of higher education for the humanities in the UK. NCH students enjoy one of the best staff-to-student ratios in UK higher education and benefit from a high number of quality contact hours as well as engaging and challenging one-to-one tutorials.

Our professors are international experts in their fields and our full time academic staff members have been selected for their proven ability for teaching in addition to their research interests.

NCH welcomed its first intake of students in September 2012 and prepares students for undergraduate degrees in: Economics BSc; English BA; History BA; Law LLB and Philosophy BA. The Politics & International Relations BSc will be offered from 2013.

In addition to their 12-module degree, all NCH students study a further seven modules. This is comprised of four modules from another degree subject or Art History, or Classical Studies as a contextual course and three core modules in Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking, and Science Literacy. All students also follow the College’s three-year Professional Programme.

The College is centrally located in Bloomsbury, London’s university district and students, as associate members of the University of London, have access to many of the resources of the University of London: the exceptional library in Senate House, the University of London Union, sports facilities, and many other opportunities to enrich themselves through extra-curricular activity.

The College’s rolling applications process is independent of UCAS and applications can be made in addition to the five UCAS choices and can still be made for entry in 2013. Visit http://www.NCHum.org for all enquiries and applications.

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