We offer high quality, unbiased European information training.

Training and guidance is offered to:

  • students and researchers at Cardiff University and many other academic institutions across Europe
  • professional people across Europe working in the public and private sectors who need to find out about the European Union
  • librarians and other information professionals throughout the world
  • journalists and other media professionals across Europe.

Training can take place at your workplace or lecture theatre, at the Centre where we have access to fully equipped training suites, meeting rooms and refreshment facilities, or on behalf of external training organisations at their venues.

Our training courses can help you:

  • search efficiently for information on the EU and the wider Europe
  • monitor the activities of the EU Institutions and Agencies
  • contact, communicate with and influence the EU Institutions.

Training courses are delivered by Ian Thomson, Director of the European Documentation Centre in Cardiff.

Ian is one of the most experienced European information trainers and speakers in the world. He has specialised in this area for over thirty years and has provided training to thousands of people in that time.

Ian Thomson

Ian Thomson

Director, European Documentation Centre

+44 (0)29 2087 4262

Topics covered

We can cover a range of topics in our training courses, including:

  • The European Union: why – what – how?
  • Brief introduction to the EU, its key institutions, legislative acts and judicial decisions
  • How policy is made
  • Current challenges facing the European Union
  • The role of committees in the European Union
  • The role of the United Kingdom in the creation, adoption and implementation of EU law (can be adapted to other member states)
  • Wales and Europe
  • Reporting Europe and the EU
  • The role of information and communication in the governance of the EU
  • EU information on the internet (can be adapted to your specific subject / policy interests)
  • Recent EU information and communication developments (annual review)
  • The role of web 2.0, social media and Google in information about the EU
  • Searching for EU information
  • EU legislative and judicial information sources
  • Policy monitoring in the EU
  • The value of the Registers of Documents of the EU Institutions
  • Keeping up-to-date with the EU
  • Contacting the EU institutions, agencies and stakeholders
  • Using European Sources Online for your European information needs

Contact us

To make an enquiry about training courses please contact:

European Documentation Centre enquiries