Chris Smyth was one of the 2005 winners of the Nico Colchester Fellowship, which he spent with the FT in Brussels.

Originally from London, Chris read history at Lincoln College, Oxford. After a break teaching English in the French town of Dreux, he moved to Trinity Hall, Cambridge for an MPhil in political thought. He stayed on for a PhD in eighteenth-century intellectual history, which looked at the intersection between science, religion and culture in the aftermath of the scientific revolution and wars of religion.

In Brussels, he was sent to cover stories ranging from big steel takeovers to the EU’s globalisation fund, to the future of Europe’s canals. He also contributed web-columns and filled in briefly as guest editor on the Observer column. He found the FT office a supportive and stimulating place in which to work, and hugely enjoyed his time in Brussels.

After leaving Brussels, Chris returned to Cambridge to finish his PhD and narrowly lose the final of University Challenge. He started work on the Register section of The Times in March 2007.

After a stint as a home news reporter, he is now Health Correspondent of The Times. His first novel, Dinner at Mine, is published by Simon & Schuster in September 2011.

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