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Learning Community Newsletter Week 10

Posted on 21 June 2021

All the latest from the department.

And just like that, it’s the last week of the Summer Term! I hope you’re all looking forward to a fun summer ahead - it’s well earned after all the hard work everyone has put in over the last year.

There is only one event in this week’s newsletter - the Annual PolSoc BBQ. It’s taking place this Wednesday on campus, so definitely not one to miss.

Our Departmental Community Coordinators have shared some tips for the summer too, so do have a scroll down to the end of the newsletter for that. 

We had a Farewell Event for our final-year undergraduates on Friday (our Instagram is now filled with the pictures!), which was a lovely chance to see people ‘in real life’ for the first time in a long time. It was great to hear what so many of our soon-to-be graduates have in store for the future. For all of you that couldn’t make it, I wish you all the best of luck with your next steps! 

I hope you all have a fantastic week, 

Jeremy Moulton (Learning Community Officer)


PolSoc Summer BBQ 

Wednesday 23rd June 1:30pm, Derwent Lawns

This Friday, our Politics Society will be hosting their Summer BBQ! It’s open to staff and students and tickets cost £8. PolSoc promises ‘good food, good drinks and, most importantly, good company’ - which sounds like a great combination to me. If you want to come along, you can purchase your ticket(s) through paypal and record any dietary requirements with this form. See you there!

Student Summer Suggestion

From our great Departmental Community Coordinators

  1. Relax!

The most important thing to do this summer is to rest and recover. This year has been challenging within and outside of academic studies, and it is important to take a break. Spending some time doing things you love and with friends and family can help to improve your wellbeing and return to the next academic year well-rested. For more information on the importance of relaxing check this site, or for more tips on wellbeing the University has this

  1. Work experience

If you are looking for some work experience, consider applying to some internships or part-time jobs on Handshake. Some opportunities with deadlines this week include: Marketing Internship (Purlos), Bank Support Worker (Care in Mind), Procurement Internship (Zapp), Project Officer (Student Services), Professional Services and Consulting Internship (Bright Network), Digital Media Strategist Internship (Westray Toys), Peer Advisor (The Centre for Global Programmes), Business and Marketing Intern (Vidaveo), Proof of Concept Fund (Enterprise).

These internships can be very competitive and challenging to receive, and whilst I encourage you to apply, do not be too disheartened if you are not doing a summer internship or need a break this summer! Alternatively, you can email local businesses, councils or other bodies with speculative work experience requests. Another option is to apply to Community Projects and volunteering in Autumn Term for skills development.

  1. Prepare for next year

If you have some free time or you are bored, you may want to get ahead on your work for next year if you know it is likely to be busy. This may involve some research for your dissertation or some of the suggested readings from the module catalogue. If you are interested in politics research, contact to be involved in a newly formed research network in the society in preparation for the Political Studies Undergraduate Conference taking place in York next year (no experience necessary)

  1. Write for political journals

There are many opportunities for you to have articles published over the summer. York Politics Review is an award-winning online magazine that publishes articles from students in the department. If you are interested, please email for more information. Other opportunities to have your writing published online include York Global Affairs, Nouse, the Cortado Journal and York Vision, amongst others.