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The Role of UK Parliament Select Committees - A talk by Joanna Welham, Clerk of the International Trade Committee

The UK Parliament has emerged as a key veto player in the Brexit process. But away from the headlines over Parliament's 'meaningful vote' on the Brexit deal, it has also played an important role in day-to-day scrutiny of the Government through the work of its cross-party committees. In this talk, Joanna Welham, the Clerk of the House of Commons International Trade Select Committee (the Committee's chief civil servant), will be speaking about the role of Select Committees in holding the Government to account - and reflect on the role of expertise in shaping their work.

7 February, 6-7.30pm

Location: Oculus Building, OC0.02

The event is free, but please register at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-role-of-uk-parliament-select-committees-tickets-53722596733

Fri 11 Jan 2019, 14:28 | Tags: Staff PhD MA UG Faculty of Social Sciences

Stuart Elden's Shakespearean Territories Book Published

Shakespearean.TerritoriesStuart Elden’s book Shakespearean Territories was published in late 2018 by University of Chicago Press. The book uses readings of a number of Shakespeare’s plays to explore different aspects of territory.

Shakespeare’s plays explore many territorial themes: from the division of the kingdom in King Lear, to the relations among Denmark, Norway, and Poland in Hamlet, to questions of disputed land and the politics of banishment in Richard II. Shakespeare dramatized a world of technological advances in measuring, navigation, cartography, and surveying, and his plays open up important ways of thinking about strategy, economy, the law, and colonialism, providing critical insight into a significant juncture in history.

The book explores how Shakespeare can be read as developing a nuanced understanding of the complicated concept and practice of territory and, more broadly, the political-geographical relations between people, power, and place.

More details about the book can be found at the publisher website: https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/S/bo28246205.html


Her Excellency, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta Gives Lecture to PAIS Students

On Monday 19th November, we were honoured to welcome Her Excellency, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta, to give a lecture to PAIS students and staff.

Her Excellency, who is an Honorary Professor in PAIS, gave a lecture titled ‘Europe and Africa: Twin Continents for Building Positive Peace,’ and answered questions posed by PAIS students.

You can watch the video of the lecture on Facebook as well as view more photographs of the lecture.

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PAIS Awarded Athena SWAN Bronze Award

We are delighted to announce that PAIS has been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. In May 2015, the Charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The Charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

A huge thank you to Jackie Clarke, Alex Homolar, Ben Richardson and Julia Welland for the tremendous amount of work they put into preparing our submission.

Mon 29 Oct 2018, 10:05 | Tags: Front Staff PhD MA UG Faculty of Social Sciences

2018 NSS Results: PAIS #1 Department in University and #1 for Politics in Russell Group for overall satisfaction

NSS Dialogue

The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is delighted to announce that in the 2018 National Student Survey we have achieved an overall student satisfaction result of 95 per cent for PO-coded degrees.

This year PAIS has regained our position as 1st in the University for overall student satisfaction. We are particularly pleased to report that we are 1st in the University for assessment and feedback, and 2nd for organization and management. We are also 1st in the University for student feedback being acted on and 2nd for staff valuing students' views and opinions about their course.

We have also improved our position nationally and are now ranked 1st for Politics in the Russell Group for overall student satisfaction. Other highlights among our Russell Group competitors include:

  • 1st for Teaching
  • 1st for Assessment and feedback
  • 1st for Organization and management
  • 1st for Student voice

Our sustained performance in overall student satisfaction in recent years is very impressive with our three year rolling average now also running at 95 per cent:

Year

Overall satisfaction (PO coded degrees)

2018

95 per cent

2017

94 per cent

2016

97 per cent

2015

92 per cent

2014

86 per cent

2013

81 per cent

The 2018 NSS results also follow two very encouraging outcomes in recent international league tables where the Department has improved its position since 2017:

 2018 QS: PAIS is ranked #42 out of 200 (up from #44=)

https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2018/politics

 2018 Shanghai: PAIS is ranked #37 out of 400 (up from #47)

http://www.shanghairanking.com/Shanghairanking-Subject-Rankings/political-sciences.html

These impressive outcomes are due to an outstanding team effort among academic and professional services colleagues as well as our fantastic students. Thanks to everyone for all your hard work and support in terms of teaching, feedback, and the student experience.

We look forward to working in partnership with our amazing students and dedicated staff to sustain and build on these strong results, which reflect our deep commitment to research-led teaching excellence. At the start of the new academic year we will feedback in greater detail to all students and we will discuss and take forward ideas for further enhancement of the PAIS student experience via our Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC).

Fri 27 Jul 2018, 16:56 | Tags: Front Staff UG Faculty of Social Sciences

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