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Learning Community Newsletter Week 3

Posted on 4 May 2021

All the latest from the department

With the weather as grim as it is predicted to be this week, I’m sure you are all keen for some Politics-based activities to enjoy from the comfort of your home. Well, you’re in luck! We have a packed newsletter today - do scroll down to read the events choices for this week and for some special suggestions from our Departmental Community Coordinators

I hope you all have a fantastic week, 

Jeremy Moulton (Learning Community Officer)


New Old-Fashioned Oppression: Analysing Structural Injustices

Tuesday 4th May 7pm

For this special event, PolSoc will be speaking with Dr Alasia Nuti about her new book Injustice and Reproduction of History. The book continues her research into structural injustice, with a focus on how norms are created. The session will discuss the book’s themes and will explore the creation and perpetuation of injustices based on gender and race in society, and whether it is possible to break these cycles. Join via Zoom.

Global Development Masterclass

Wednesday 5th May 4pm

Join Global Development for the second instalment of the Careers Masterclass Series with Emily E. Arnold-Fernández as she reflects upon her career as CEO and President of world-leading global refugee and human rights organisation Asylum Access, and answers your questions about a career in NGO work.Emily E. Arnold-Fernández, a lawyer and social entrepreneur, is the founding President and CEO of Asylum Access.  The leading global refugee human rights organization, Asylum Access has dismantled barriers to economic and civic participation for over a million refugees since its inception in 2005.  Also a scholar, Emily writes and teaches regularly, including at Stanford University, University of York and University of London.  Her accolades include the prestigious Alexander (2018) and Grinnell (2013) prizes; Mexico’s Equality and Nondiscrimination Award (2016); and recognition by the Dalai Lama as one of 50 “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” (2009). Register here

Behind the Scenes of News Reporting

Thursday 6th May 6:30pm

Join Fatima Manji, award-winning journalist who anchors Channel 4 news, and discover the exciting opportunities and challenges of the world behind our nightly news. From reporting on a range of international and national stories, join Fatima to hear all about challenges and achievements of making news in such a fast-paced social media dominated age, and hear about her career path to this exciting and crucial role. To register, visit the event page

Prospective Young Fabians Society

A group of students in our Department are looking to establish a Young Fabians Society and have shared the following to reach out to anyone who might be interested: "The Young Fabians – a left-leaning member-driven think tank – would like to set up a branch at the University to encourage York students to develop their own policy recommendations, contribute to political debate and engage with policymakers at a local and national level. Don’t worry about whether your views will be aligned with ours; though left-wing, we hold no collective political positions beyond that. Please email me ( if you would like to get involved."


From our Departmental Community Coordinators:

Hi everyone, and welcome to Week 2 of Summer Term - over the past few weeks, there have been some amazing Student Internship Bureau (SIB) opportunities announced, as well as a Virtual Graduate Job Fair scheduled for June 16th (see more here)

The SIB has released the diverse roles of:

Creative Design Internship for TouchRight Software (VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP) (28/6/21 - 23/07/21; £8.91/hour, REMOTE WORKERS ALLOWED; looking for a talented, creative student to join the company’s small team, and work on a project to help re-design/revamp our existing web application Dashboard, working alongside their external development agency for technical guidance)

Digital Marketing Internship for MMGrowth York (7/6/21 - 27/8/21; £9/hour; MMGrowth is looking for an intern who can apply their marketing skills to review their existing social media and that of their clients, so if social media is your thing, get applying!)

Marketing Assistant for Network Scientific Ltd, Harrogate (21/6/21 - 10/9/21; £9/hour; the project will focus on working with the Sales and Marketing Manager to analyse the company’s current marketing activities to go on to use said information to create and implement a company-wide digital marketing strategy).

Sustainability Consultant for 888 Beverages Ltd, Stamford Bridge (5/7/21 - 24/9/21; £9/hour; REMOTE WORKERS ALLOWED; looking for someone with a genuine interest and understanding of environmental and climate change issues to work with the team alongside their newly appointed Head of Sustainability and our Master Distiller, to develop a credible carbon emission forecast and go on to make recommendations on how the business may offset these)

All of these positions and events are a great way for second year and finalist students to make the most out of their last term at the university whilst maximising their skill set for future careers - further, almost all placement and internship opportunities allow for students to show off their transferable skills and in some cases, the subjects they have developed a passion for throughout their academic career. Good luck to all of those that apply!

Student Suggestion

Please remember to look after your mental health during exam time! Attached is the Central Wellbeing Team’s “Handy Guide for Managing Stress in the Summer Term”.

For further help and support, the following links may be helpful: 

YUSU Love York Awards

The Love York Awards are YUSU’s annual awards to recognise the achievements of students here at the University of York. From the Fundraiser of the Year, to the Award for Contribution to Student Wellbeing, the goal is to recognise all your hard work and dedication to the university experience. And in a year like no other, recognising that commitment is more important than ever. To check out the award categories and how to nominate, see the official page