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Learning Community Newsletter Week 7

Posted on 9 November 2020

All the latest news from the department

Some of you may remember that in the last academic year, we encouraged students in our Department to apply to present at the Political Studies Association’s annual Undergraduate Conference. 

You may also remember that due to the pandemic, that conference had to be cancelled. Given the number of York Politics students who had applied to attend and had submitted brilliant abstracts, many of us have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the PSA’s 2021 Undergraduate Conference! 

The conference has now been announced and will be taking place on 26th March 2021. Again, this year the Department is keen to support those who may be considering applying. If you are interested in finding out more about this year’s PSA Undergraduate Conference or about what it means to attend a conference and present your work - please join us for our Webinar this Thursday at 6pm (see below for more details). 

I hope you all have a fantastic week, 

Jeremy Moulton (Learning Community Officer)


Migrants and Refugees Facing Covid-19: UK and Global Concerns

Wednesday 11 November

4-5:30 pm, Online 

Dr Sara de Jong chairs a panel discussion to explore the impact of Covid-19 on refugees and those engaging in cross-continental migration. This workshop will explore these questions from the viewpoints of six expert speakers from NGOs, activism, and academia. To find out more about the event and to register to attend, check the event page

Perfectionism: The Hidden Epidemic?

Wednesday 11th November

7-8 pm, Online

Dr Thomas Curran (LSE) explores how the pressure to be perfect - in our social media feeds, in relationships, and at university and work - is driving a rise in mental ill-health. Learn more about what perfectionism is (and what it isn’t), the causes of rising perfectionism, and how we can personally and collectively create a culture that promotes growth over perfection. Register here to attend

PSA Undergraduate Conference Pitch

Thursday 12th November

6-7 pm, Zoom Webinar

Join us this Thursday to hear more about the Political Studies Association’s annual Undergraduate Conference - due to take place 26th March 2021. A Conference is a great way to deepen your understanding of political science and to develop your own work in front of a new audience. The webinar will include a chance for Q&As!  

The Future of Prisons?

Thursday 12th November 

8-9 pm, Online

A live panel discussion with a chance to ask questions. Join this session to debate what prisons are for, how they should be reformed, and whether they have a future. Panellists include Prof Alison Liebling (Cambridge), Scott Hechinger (New York Public Defender), and Erwin James (The Guardian). Register here to attend


York Futures Scholarship 

The deadline for the York Futures Scholarship is today! So if you haven’t yet put in your application, have a look and see if this opportunity is right for you. The York Future Scholarship offers students between £250 and £6,000 to support their personal and professional development. It is a tremendous opportunity that is open to all students. Check out the webpage for more.