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Learning Community Newsletter Week 2

Posted on 26 April 2021

All the latest from the department

I hope that you’re looking forward to the resumption of some teaching this week ahead of the upcoming assessments! With those assessments in mind, I have left the section on the study groups, set up by our Departmental Community Coordinators, in this week’s newsletter. The sessions were a great success last week, so do please have a think about attending in the future.

Do also take the time to check out some of the great events that are on this week - including a virtual visit from a political celebrity! 

I hope you all have a fantastic week, 

Jeremy Moulton (Learning Community Officer)


How Britain Ends: English Nationalism and the Rebirth of Four Nations

Tuesday 27th April 6:30-7:30pm

Join author and BBC Presenter, Gavin Esler as he discusses his new book; a book about history, but also the strange complicated identity of Britishness. To learn more and to register, check out the event page

An Evening with Jackie Weaver

Wednesday 28th April 6:30-7pm

Ahead of the upcoming local elections in the UK, the Politics Society have a very special guest coming to speak about the importance of local politics. Jackie Weaver (the star of this infamous Parish Council meeting), will be speaking about participation in local politics and there will be time for a Q&A too. Zoom link will be available through PolSoc’s Linktree

Human Rights Leadership: Local, National, and International

Thursday 29th April 7-8pm

This lecture offers living examples from Scotland of combining human rights leadership at local, national and international levels. At a local level, it offers an insight into how tenants in Leith, Edinburgh successfully put human rights into practice to improve their housing conditions. At a national level, it demonstrates why and how Scotland is introducing a new human rights framework to improve people’s lives. At an international level, it places Scotland’s initiative in the post-Covid context of the UN call for all countries to “build back better” from the pandemic. To learn more and to register, check out the event page

Study Groups 

From our Departmental Community Coordinators:

Weeks 1-7 of the summer term, we will be running some group sessions for people to revise!

Every Monday at 10am we will be holding a casual study group using a Pomodoro structure. This means that we will be studying for 25 minutes, followed by a 5-minute chatty break, 4 times. Students can also write down their goals for the week on a padlet, provided during the session, with the aim to hold yourself accountable.

Join through Zoom

Every Thursday at 10am there will be a first-year revision/discussion group. Students can either choose to suggest certain topics to discuss, or we can go over the content in order. This week we can go through the content for weeks 2-5 of Autumn Term. Students will be put into breakout rooms to fill out Jamboards together, recalling the key points for each topic and writing down any questions they may have. You do not need to prepare for this group, and you can have your notes open when filling out the Jamboards and talking about the content - the main aim is for students to revise through discussion and raise any questions they may have in a casual environment.

Join through Zoom.

Should you wish to directly contact our DCC team, please do email them at

York Politics Review

The fantastic York Politics Review (YPR) is looking out for new writers! 

YPR is the official political journal of our Department and is a subsidiary of our Politics Society, and it provides a great source of analysis of a broad range of political matters with both a domestic and international focus. YPR is a fantastic forum for both new and experienced writers to write on political subjects. Doing so provides an excellent opportunity to improve writing and research skills, as well as bolstering experience for your CV.

If you are interested in writing for YPR, please contact the editorial team at