A big thank you to all of the graduates who have given their time and expertise to support our students this year.
A review of how the Politics and IR programme has celebrated Black History Month.
As we welcome a new cohort of students, Director of Undergraduate Programmes, Dr Demetris Tillyris explains the secret to our recent success in the Guardian League Tables.
Following the publication of the results of the 2019-2020 National Student Survey (NSS), we are extremely proud to say that we are one of the best Politics and International Relations programmes in the UK once again!
MSc student Emily Webb shares her story of misfortune and how the kindness of classmates and lecturers helped her to keep going.
Dr Demetris Tillyris, Programme Director for our undergraduate degrees, explains how we will be supporting students over the summer and helping you to prepare for the new academic year starting in September.
In recent years the Politics and IR programme has taken steps to acknowledge and dismantle racism in the study of Politics. Dr Laura Cashman considers the progress so far and reflects on what still needs to be done.
As the final teaching week of this academic year draws to a close, it has certainly been one to remember. Following Laura’s blog about teaching ‘from a distance’ last week, the Politics and IR team have been reflecting on their experiences of working from home. We had such a packed calendar in semester 1 that the abrupt changes took time to get used to. Here we share some images of our improvised work spaces and our thoughts on how life is going. We would love students and graduates to share their own images and comments in our social media channels. We miss you!
Dr Laura Cashman reflects on our first month of online delivery
Exactly a month ago, on 17 March, the Politics and IR team met for one last hurried lunch-meeting in the Priory Cottages. Then we packed up what we hoped (wrongly!) would be our most useful belongings before the lock down began. Since then we have been grappling with the demands of delivering our teaching alongside the other challenges of living in isolation. Some of us have been ill. Most of us have been simultaneously ‘homeschooling’ our children and caring for vulnerable family members. All of us have faced a steep learning curve as we become familiar with the new forms of technology required to work remotely, teach remotely and communicate with each other.
Following discussions with Student Representatives, we have put together a list of some of our favourite books, journal articles, novels, films or podcasts for you to try while studying remotely.
Please note that we are not expecting you to read all or indeed any of this if you do not wish to do so. It’s most important to focus on your wellbeing – mental and physical – and to use your energy to help friends, family or neighbours who need you. Nevertheless, if you do have time to spare then we hope you might find some of the suggestions below interesting and relevant.
Please feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below. we’d love to hear what you are reading!