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Monday 27th February


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School of Politics and International Relations

School Launches Social Media

The School has now launched a Twitter account specifically to alert students to our breaking news, announcements and upcoming events. The platform also enables students to ask us any questions about life within the School of Politics and International Relations.

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Internship Opportunities

The School understands the value employers put on work experience, especially during the challenging job market and encourages students to undertake placements with suitable organisations. Over the next few weeks we have some exciting companies coming in to the School to discuss future internship opportunities.

New School Centre

The School is preparing for the launch of the new European Politics Research Centre, in collaboration with the Schools of History and Law. The Centre will significantly extend and consolidate research interests in European Politics and build links with internal and external scholars. The Centre will host information on research funding and project grants, will be a further resource for postgraduate research students and will create greater dissemination and knowledge transfer. It will also publish journals, periodicals and publications and hold exciting conferences, workshops and public events.

Research Seminars

Professor Ivor Gaber (City University London and University of Bedfordshire) 'Dave and the Wizard: How the Hacking Scandal is Transforming the Media/Politics Nexus'
Wednesday 29 February
4.15pm, Bancroft Building FB 1.01.1

Jonathan Pugh (Newcastle University) 'Speaking Without Voice: Participatory Planning, Acknowledgement and Latent Subjectivity'
Wednesday 21 March
4.15pm, Bancroft Building FB 1.01.1

Award Success

Professor Mike Kenny has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship of £99,227 over two years for his study of the Politics of English Nationhood. His project will analyse the political implications of the English nation's growing and shifting sense of national self-awareness and the causes underlying it.

New Appointments

Dr Christopher Phillips is a Lecturer who joins us from the Economist Intelligence Unit, having finished a PhD at LSE in late 2010. Dr Phillips’ research interests lie primarily in the role of identity in the politics and international relations of the Arab Middle East. His first book ‘Everyday Arab Identity: The daily reproduction of the Arab World’ will be published by Routledge this summer.’

Dr Robbie Shilliam is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and joins us from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is currently writing a book on the linkages between indigenous struggles in the Pacific and those of the African Diaspora in the West.

8th February 2012 France 24

Dr Rainbow Murray appeared on France 24 to discuss the role of women in the forthcoming French presidential elections.

31st January 2012 CNN

Dr Christopher Phillips has spoken to CNN about the anti-government uprisings in Syria, focusing on the role of the Arab League and international community.

22nd January 2012 - BBC Radio Wales Sunday Supplement

Dr Françoise Boucek appeared on BBC Radio Wales on Sunday to discuss the prospect of a referendum on independence in Scotland.

12th January 2012 Bloomberg

Dr Christopher Phillips commented on a recent speech by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.