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Learning Community Newsletter Week 4

Posted on 10 May 2021

All the latest from the Department

This week, our newsletter has a mix of great events - from a PolSoc talk to a University Open Lecture, to (for the first time!) a set of political plays. Really, something for everyone this week!

If you scroll down past the events, you will also see information about the YUSU Excellence Awards and a new video promoting the work of the University’s Central Wellbeing Team. 

I hope you all have a fantastic week, 

Jeremy Moulton (Learning Community Officer)


Bi-Racial Britain: Reimagining Identity 

Tuesday 11th May 7pm

This PolSoc event will feature Dr Remi Adekoya (of our Department!), discussing his latest book which shares the name of this event. The Zoom link will be available through PolSoc’s Linktree.  

Controlling the Capital City: Understanding Strategies for the Pursuit of Urban Dominance

Wednesday 12th May 4pm

As optimism about the ‘third wave’ of democratisation has waned in the face of renewed authoritarianism around the world, analyses of authoritarian dominance remain focused on the national scale. Tom Goodfellow (University of Sheffield) and David Jackman (University of Oxford) argue however that cities, and especially capital cities, play crucial roles in the production of dominance and the politics of maintaining it, as well as being sites of popular resistance. To learn about the event and to register, check the event page

Power to the Populist

13th-14th May

Students in our Department and the wider University are presenting a political theatre festival that is being live-streamed this week. The theme, ‘Power to the Populist’, explores populism and the influence it has on our lives and is likely to be of interest to many who study politics. To learn more about the festival and to book tickets, check out the event page

YUSU Excellence Awards

YUSU’s Excellence Awards are back for 2021. These awards give students the opportunity to show their appreciation to staff across the University, and to thank them for their hard work. It is a student-led celebration and once which allows students to recognise those who have had a particularly positive impact on them over the past academic year, whether they are academic or non-academic staff members.

Nominations are now open and close at 5pm on the 4th June. There are ten categories that you can nominate staff for:

  • Championing Careers

  • GTA of the Year 

  • Most Inspiring

  • Outstanding Zoom Creativity

  • PhD Supervisor of the Year

  • Promoting Accessibility, Diversity, & Inclusion

  • Supporting Student Voice Activities and Partnership

  • Teacher of the Year

  • Supervisor of the Year

  • Unsung Hero 

To learn more about the awards and to submit your nomination, check out the official webpage

Central Wellbeing Team

The University’s Central Wellbeing Team has released a new video explaining how mental health support at the University works. Do check it out to learn more!