ACE was set up with a university grant of £500,000 with the aim of providing a research environment in European politics and society to promote self-sustaining research activities. That environment has produced a steady stream of high quality research publications, a large volume of external research income, and sustained impact. ACE has generated over £750,000 (the PSU unit has raised a further £80,000). ACE frames its environment through research outputs, seminars, conferences (35 since 2009); keynote lectures in Birmingham, London, Brussels, Berlin and elsewhere; and consultancies and briefings to government ministers, shadow cabinet ministers and UK and overseas government officials. We have provided advice to the UK Government, EU institutions, EU Member State governments, and a US Congressional Committee, as well as to the private sector. ACE staff also engage regularly with the national and international media.